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Nottingham Trent University

Architectural Technology

UCAS Code: K101
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Architecture
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

104 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The course is your gateway to a career in architectural technology – through live projects with real clients, studio work, guest lectures from industry leaders, and exciting placement opportunities, you'll learn how buildings are created, procured, constructed and managed.This course will enable you to develop a practical and imaginative approach, equipped with the skills and knowledge to create efficient design solutions. It's the only Architectural Technology course in the UK to be triple-accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content. You'll study in a studio culture that reflects a modern architectural technology practice, preparing you for your graduate career from day one. As a specialist in architectural technology, you'll be the link between concept and reality. You'll learn to identify, assess and challenge client and user requirements, translating ideas and possibilities into effective and practical building solutions. You'll benefit from excellent employability prospects; 97% of our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology sandwich students are in work or further study, six months after graduating (DLHE survey 2015-16), whilst 100% of our students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2016). Take part in live design projects, with briefs from real clients. Previous clients have included Nottingham City Council and Gedling Country Park. Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement. The majority of our placement students also receive a salary. Explore local and international architectural technology, with inspiring trips in the UK and abroad included in your course fees. Recently students have travelled to Copenhagen as part of the course. Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios, including a dedicated model making studio. Take part in competitions, sponsored by companies such as Benoy, Saunders and DL Lacey, who return year-on-year due to the high quality of our students. Network with industry professionals and display your work at our annual Architecture Exchange employability event.


You’ll study a range of interesting modules throughout the course and all the modules are core. You'll also undertake a placement year to gain practical skills within the industry. Year One: Technology and Design - This module introduces the concept of a studio-based working environment through project work which explores the technical aspects associated with building environments • Construction Technology – You’ll be introduced to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the making of structures • Architecture in Context - This module will introduce you to historical and cultural themes within an architectural framework and relates these to the contemporary built environment • Architectural Science and Building Engineering – Explore the underlying operation and functioning of building engineering services associated with domestic buildings • Integrated Design Communication – You’ll be introduced to a range of design communication skills which will give you a basic understanding of Building Information Modelling through the application of drawing, model making and CAD software. Year Two: Technology and Design Studio – Through studio-based work you’ll investigate the technical aspects which are associated with building environments and performance requirements • Construction Technology – You’ll further your understanding of the technical practical and environmental principles of architectural design • Planning, Development and Surveying – Explore the way in which the built environment is planned surveyed and developed through examining the constraints on the creation and management of buildings, spaces and places •Integrated Design Communication – Through this module you’ll develop your design communication skills and understanding of BIM through the application of CAD software, environmental modelling and subsequently, visualisation techniques and challenges of using digital media •Contract Administration: Control and Finance – You’ll enhance your knowledge of this area of architectural technology by investigating key topics related to the administration of construction related contracts. Year Three: Placement Year – You’ll be able to participate in a year-long placement to gain hands-on industry experience and will help you to stand out within the graduate employment market. Many students secure employment with their placement company after graduation and successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in professional Practice. Final Year: Technology Design studio 3 – You’ll study a combination of areas to integrate research, design, technology, resource management and building economics • Construction Technology 3 - You’ll learn how to carry out research effectively and to acknowledge issues such as acoustics, lighting and structure into your studio work • Professionalism and Employability - This module will help you to gain further understanding and appreciation of design character, the way historic and contemporary buildings and spaces are used, and the implications of constraints which apply • Integrated Design and Communication 3 –You’ll critically understand the use of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery within the built environment, you’ll understand how to data share and merge information across various BIM and CAD packages using the UK industry standards •Research Project – You’ll conduct a piece of research on a topic which interests you and is based on a subject area which is appropriate to architectural technology.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
34% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
327 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
50% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are draughtspersons and related architectural technicians


Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.
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