Architectural Design Technology at Wrexham University - UCAS

Wrexham University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Wrexham University (Prifysgol Wrecsam)

Architectural Design Technology

Course summary

Why choose this course? Our Architectural Design Technology degree explores how design and technology work together, giving you practical working knowledge of both areas. The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and you will be eligible for Associate Membership (ACIAT) on graduation. You can progress to full Chartered status with appropriate experience, and being a Chartered Architectural Technologist will give you all the same powers as an Architect but in considerably less time. Students:

  • can work on projects based on local sites, including real schemes with real clients, as well as involvement with European partners
  • will develop knowledge of how designs evolve from the initial idea to the construction stage, and beyond. This will include the implications of your choices of structure and materials in order to lead the way with cutting-edge design solutions for all scenarios
  • with a growing awareness of the impact the construction industry has as a contributor to climate change, you will understand how better design and technology choices can make you an Architectural Technologist who is offering solutions to these changes, including ensuring mitigation and resilience is key to how we deliver built environments
  • will work within a learning environment where your design experience is personal and focused on you developing your skills, discovering new ones, and becoming a confident and convincing Architectural Technologist
*The course is part of a subject area rated joint 1st in the UK for graduate prospects in the Building subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2023. Key course features:
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, offering you student membership for free, and access to the young/new members group, AspirATion
  • *The course is part of a subject area rated joint first in the UK for graduate prospects in the Architecture subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
  • You will work in a friendly and supportive learning environment with a helpful teaching team who are themselves members of the professional bodies for the architecture and construction industry that accredit our courses
  • You will undertake a mixture of group and individual work and, where these are related to designs, you will have a dedicated studio space for architectural design technology students
  • You will have opportunities to meet specialists from across the architecture and construction industry both at the university and through our extensive programme of site visits.
  • You will be offered a placement experience at Level 5 of the course and will be able to take advantage of the employer network who use us to seek trainees and staff
  • You will have access to the latest Computer Aided Design software and digital information resources; as well as guidance and support from the teaching team in how best to use these to add to or develop your existing skills


What you will study YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) The first year of our Architectural Design degree comprises six core modules that combine to provide an introduction to the processes and technologies that exist within the contemporary construction industry. Subjects are considered from first principles so that you can come to appreciate fundamental issues in the design, construction, management, use and decommissioning of construction projects. The design focus of this year is domestic, with the task set allowing for exploration of how to house different individuals and families, reflecting everything learnt in complementary modules like Construction Technology 1. MODULES Design & Technology 1 Construction Management 1 Construction Technology 1 Sustainable Construction Quantity Surveying Practice 1 Science and Materials YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) This year builds upon the first by introducing further modules that explore important considerations in the development of construction projects. The design focus shifts to public buildings, on a larger scale, and where possible, with real clients. Other modules include Planning and Building Regulations, which explores the two principal ‘permissions’ necessary when development is proposed, and Digital Technologies in Surveying which considers the use of digital equipment in the measurement of land. Year 2 also includes a compulsory week-long work placement. MODULES Architectural Design & Technology 2 (Including Work-based Learning) Planning and Building Regulations Construction Technology 2 Digital Technologies in Surveying Procurement and Contract Practice YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) The final year of the programme brings together the lessons of the earlier Design projects in the study and development of a significant commercial building, supported by in-depth research on a related technology and design aspect. The year requires the development of a group project in Inter-professional Studies and provides an opportunity to explore a particular research interest in the Individual Research Project. All sixteen modules combine to engage students in their chosen field of study and are intended to encourage confidence and enthusiasm in the development of their expertise. MODULES Architectural Design & Technology 3 Inter-professional Studies Construction Technology 3 Commercial Management Project Management Technologies and BIM The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Teaching & Assessment A range of assessment methods are used within the programme to simulate the sorts of written, practical, visual and oral communication skills that are expected of architectural design technologists; written reports, the practical use of technical equipment, visual presentations, laboratory analyses, in-class tests, coursework and oral presentations are all important ways in which students can demonstrate their understanding. The types of assessment selected for each module have been chosen to best suit the nature of the technical content in each subject, and collectively provide a range of opportunities for students to demonstrate their interest, enthusiasm and interpretation of content during their studies. With all assessments, you will be fully supported by the teaching team; including assigning you a personal tutor you can speak to about any issues you have during your time on the course. TEACHING AND LEARNING Modules are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning techniques, including traditional lectures, practical ‘hands-on’ activities, tutorials and group discussions. The main priority is to ensure that students feel comfortable within the academic learning environment and feel able to contribute to the discussion of subject matter within any class, tutorial or other learning activity that forms part of their studies – teaching and learning is fundamentally a two-way process within which student opinion is vitally important. Work is undertaken both individually and in groups. You will be encouraged to think independently, critically and logically to effectively communicate appropriate design solutions. The course aims to inspire professionalism, design flair, technological competence and originality. As there is a significant focus on design, the assessments relating to developing and producing buildings will be supported through specific lectures and evaluated through a variety of methods aimed at increasing confidence in presentation skills, both visual and verbal. Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Architectural Technologists, Chartered Institute of

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

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Architectural Design Technology at Wrexham University - UCAS