Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 5 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

112 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

K130

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

With an exceptional track record for graduate employabilitythis course has a longstanding reputation for nurturing high-calibre and forward-thinking architectural technologists. 

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As a CIAT accredited course the content and depth of understanding fostered is outstanding, but what makes the course exceptional is the tutors, who are eclectic, incredibly knowledgeable and generous with their time.

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

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

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 or you can ‘top up’ your existing qualifications – such as a HND or foundation degree – to gain a full bachelor's degree (subject to all core CIAT requirements being met).  You can also choose to study on a part-time basis to balance your learning with your other commitments.

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Derby graduates receive top national awards

Two University of Derby graduates have been named among the winners in a prestigious national architectural technology competition which celebrates innovative building design by students.

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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.

Consider a foundation year

Taking a foundation year first is an ideal choice if you have the potential and ambition to study this BSc programme but lack the formal entry requirements or feel you are not quite ready to embark on a full honours degree right now.

It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career direction since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year will cover general concepts in your chosen subject, together with essential skills in areas such as writing reports and giving presentations.

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The student who redesigned our University

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Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Our Environmental Sustainability Research Centre provides exciting opportunities to contribute to urgent global challenges in climate change and sustainable development.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Campus Tours

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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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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Valeria Carnevale
Programme leader

Valeria is programme leader for the Architectural Technology course. She also teaches on both architectural courses. 

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Entry requirements

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
IELTS6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points104-112
A-levelsBBC-BCC
BTECDMM. Background in Design/Technical based subject desired, but not essential
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International/EU

£14,045 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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How to apply

Apply for September 2021

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Undergraduate

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students 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 too.

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Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years with an optional placement year.

5 years minimum. Direct entry into later stages of the course is available if you have relevant qualifications or suitable work experience (subject to an interview).

Day release: 2 years part-time (part-time day release mode guaranteed only for final year of the degree). 

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, excellent 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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.

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