Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 years †

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

3R72 for full-time study

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

FdSc

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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Course description

A nationally recognised qualification, our FdSc equips you to become a skilled technologist in the architectural design sector.

The FdSc Architectural Studies is designed to ensure you have all the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in a rapidly changing industry.

Work-based learning in action

Your studies will feature a mixture of face-to-face lectures, practical work, field trips and work-based learning. Designed and delivered with the support of architects, architectural technologists and professional institutions, work placements are an integral part of this course. Work-based learning gives you credit for activities which you undertake yourself in the workplace.

Build an impressive skills portfolio

The first stage of the FdSc introduces you to the concepts of architecture. It gives you an understanding of the technologist’s design role in the development and construction of low-rise buildings.

In the second stage of the course, you will develop your knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in the design and construction of more advanced buildings. Through a design project, you will also have the opportunity to apply your skills using a range of tools, including model making and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

The FdSc shares a number of common modules with our FdSc Construction and our FdEng Civil Engineering courses to broaden your knowledge and skills. This flexibility allows you to make more informed decisions about focusing your studies towards a particular specialism.

To progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice, you will need to study a prescribed bridging module. 

Why you should study Architecture, Architectural Technologies and Interior Design at the University of Derby

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • Architectural CAD (Work-Based Learning)
  • Construction Materials Technology
  • Environmental Design and Services
  • Studio Design and Personal Development
  • Technology and Structures 1
  • Design Analysis and Personal Development

You'll study modules such as:

  • Advanced CAD and BIM
  • Built Environment Project and Personal 
  • Development (Work-Based Learning)
  • Studio Design 2 and Personal Development Part A
  • Architectural Technology and Building Systems
  • Technology and Structures 2
  • Services and Sustainable Design

If you want to go on to study our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice you'll also need to study a bridging module such as:

  • Procurement, Contracts and Legal Studies

How you will learn

There will be a mixture of face-to-face lectures, practical work and work-based learning. Work-based learning gives you credit for activities which you undertake yourself in the workplace.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a mixture of assignments, group work, presentations, logbooks, examinations and a portfolio of your work. A key feature of this course is the incorporation of work-based learning and its assessment. 

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualitications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Find out more about Architectural Studies

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

Undergraduate

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Apply through UCASApply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

When you have successfully completed the course and the bridging module, you will be able to ‘top up’ your qualification to a full degree by progressing to the final stage of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

This course opens doors to many design career opportunities in the construction industry. The FdSc is a nationally recognised qualification valued by everyone from private clients and public sector bodies to design practices and construction companies. 

Contact details

 
EnquiryEmailPhone
Graham Markwell (Programme Leader) g.markwell@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 593275 
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

Day release: 3 years.

Day release: 3 years.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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