Available for January start

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years †

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

72 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

K131

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Build a firm foundation for a career as a high-calibre and forward-thinking architectural technologist. Choose the foundation year route to smooth your progress on a course which boasts an exceptional track record for graduate employability.

You can also take the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice without a foundation year. Find out more

Leading to a recognised professional qualification, this degree offers a powerful combination of design, technology, the science of architecture, sustainability and construction.

Your first steps to success

Taking a foundation year is an excellent choice if you lack the entry requirements to join the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice straight away. It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year gives you a solid introduction to subjects such as design and construction science, plus the scholarship skills for technologists that will serve you well at honours degree level. From day one, you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to build your knowledge and confidence.

Strong professional credentials

We have designed this course around the core subject knowledge requirements of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

It entails a unique mix of live projects, advanced technical design and integrated environmental approaches, together with the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and building simulation systems.

Flexibility is a cornerstone of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice. You can study full time with or without an industrial placement year. You can also choose to study on a part-time basis to balance your learning with your other commitments.

Important industry insights

Our longstanding links with companies – both locally and overseas – will inspire and enthuse you. Our associations span major names such as Akarstudios, Virgin Atlantic, Interserve, Benoy Architects, Jacobs, Bouygues UK, Pick Everard, Maber, Lathams, WCAC Group and Millar Management. There are regular guest lectures by leading experts from industry too.

Between stages two and three of the course, we offer you the chance to go on an optional year-long placement in industry. We strongly encourage you to take this rewarding opportunity and we will support you to find a suitable placement. As part of the placement experience, you can also gain an additional qualification for your CV: the Diploma in Professional Practice.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Introduction to Design
  • Construction Science

You will then study a total of 120 credits per year. This will be made up of single or double modules.

You will study modules such as:

  • Studio Design and Personal Development
  • Design Analysis and Personal Development
  • Technology and Structures 1
  • Environmental Design and Services
  • Architectural CAD
  • Construction Materials Technology

You will study modules such as:

  • Studio Design 2 and Personal Development Part A
  • Technology and Structures 2
  • Advanced CAD and BIM
  • Maintenance and Refurbishment
  • Services and Sustainable Design
  • Procurement, Contracts and Legal Studies
  • Architectural Technology and Building Systems

You will study modules such as:

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

You will study modules such as:

  • Integrated Project (Technology) (double module)
  • Advanced Technical Design and Detailing
  • Independent Study and Personal Development (Architecture) (double module)
  • Professional Practice and Project Management
  • Sustainable Design Analysis
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There’s still time to visit us before the UCAS deadline. Come to our Open Day on 9 January to find out if studying Architectural Technology and Practice at Derby is right for you. Meet our expert teaching team, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Practical architectural design and technology projects will form the basis of your study. This is supported by field trips, placements and industrial guest lectures as well as studies relating to management, procurement, contracts and professional practice.

Computer Aided Design, Building Information Modelling, sketching and model making will play an important role in presenting your ideas.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods is used, including a combination of coursework and live project work, assignments, competitions, exams, exhibitions, degree show, portfolios, graphics and oral presentations.

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Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Apply by 15 January to start in September

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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.

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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.

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Careers

Our graduates work in architectural practices or take on many different types of roles in consultancy and with central and local government, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, banks, retail enterprises and manufacturing companies.

You could also choose to take your studies to the next level with our MSc Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings or MSc in Building Information Modelling and Project Collaboration. Further opportunities include advancing to a PhD in Technology too.

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Programme leader

Valeria Carnevale

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† Additional information about your studies

5 years with an optional placement year

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.