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Plymouth University

Architectural Technology and the Environment

UCAS Code: K103
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Architecture
Student score
76% MED
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

112 UCAS Points from minimum of 2 A Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

112 UCAS points

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

112 Tariff points - D*D*

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

112 Tariff points - DMM

International Baccalaureate

A total of 28 IB Points

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 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

â?¢ Stand out with a degree thatâ??s fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and join our alumni who have been nominated for prestigious excellence awards. â?¢Distinguish yourself by learning about design and how designers think â?? our studio-based course is only one of two in the UK based in Arts and Humanities faculties. â?¢Lay strong foundations for a successful career using our industry links to secure an optional one-year work placement. Working with a practising architectural technologist, youâ??ll consolidate the knowledge you gained in your first two years, whilst securing both the practical and theoretical experience thatâ??s invaluable to employers once you graduate. â?¢Deepen your understanding of the construction industry by collaborating with Architecture, Building Construction Management and Building Surveying students as part of project design teams. Youâ??ll work in these interdisciplinary teams on different modules across the first, second and final stages of the programme, reflecting how project teams work in the real world. â?¢Learn from our dedicated teaching staff â?? all professional architects, environmentalists, building scientists, ecologists and landscape designers â?? through lectures, design reviews and specialist workshops. Theyâ??re all engaged in active research and have internationally recognised expertise in architectural conservation and sustainability. â?¢Focus on work carried out over an extended period of time, with the depth of understanding and insight that brings â?? we assess more than 80 per cent of our degree by coursework rather than exam. â?¢Work with the latest in laser cutter and 3D rapid production equipment. Youâ??ll also have access to woodwork and metalwork workshops staffed by full-time technical tutors. â?¢Our students have been commended for the CIAT National Student Award in both Design Project and Technical Report categories.


Modules include: Building science and services; design praxis and technology; fundamentals of construction; ICT for architecture and construction projects; placement preparations; introduction to history of architecture and theoretical discourse; introduction to architectural technology and the environment; building services engineering; contract procedures; integrated design; issues in building construction and building physics; placement preparation; technology of large and innovative buildings; construction management professional practise; integrated design and technology; multidisciplinary project; research methods in the built environment; sustainable and safe construction.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 81%
Student score 76% 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


Received sufficient advice and support



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
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
33% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
308 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
47% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% 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 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are draughtspersons and related architectural technicians


Graduates who are architects, town planners and surveyors


Graduates who are customer service occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Before the recession, architecture had one of the lowest unemployment rates of all the main subjects, and graduates were in demand. But the recession hit the construction industry very hard and that has meant a tough few years for architects. Things have been looking up more recently, though, so we hope and expect that the jobs market for architects will get better. 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 if you want to succeed as an architect.
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