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Plymouth University

Architectural Technology and the Environment

UCAS Code: K103
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Architecture
Student score
84% MED
% employed or in further study
85% 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 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

In combination with Advanced Highers

BTEC Diploma

Any subject

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Any subject

International Baccalaureate

English and Mathematics accepted within

UCAS tariff points

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, General Studies accepted

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

Do you want to build a sustainable future? Our forward-thinking, environmentally-focused degree will give you the skills and knowledge to become a creative, analytical professional tackling the challenges faced by tomorrow’s construction industry. Understand the role of technology in building design. Engage with industry professionals and current trends. Get to grips with the social, cultural, physical and technological factors at play, so you’re perfectly primed for your first job. Stand out with a degree that’s fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and join our alumni who have been nominated for prestigious excellence awards. 91 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting and 100 per cent of students in employment six months after the course were in a professional/managerial job (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*). Distinguish yourself by learning about design and how designers think – our studio-based course is only one of two in the UK based in Arts and Humanities faculties. 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, you’ll consolidate the knowledge you gained in your first two years, whilst securing both the practical and theoretical experience that’s invaluable to employers once you graduate. Deepen your understanding of the construction industry by collaborating with Architecture, Building Construction Management and Building Surveying students as part of project design teams. You’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. Learn from our dedicated teaching staff – all professional architects, environmentalists, building scientists, ecologists and landscape designers – through lectures, design reviews and specialist workshops. They’re all engaged in active research and have internationally recognised expertise in architectural conservation and sustainability. Focus on work carried out over an extended period of time, with the depth of understanding and insight that brings – we assess more than 80 per cent of our degree by coursework rather than exam. Travel overseas as part of our course – you’ll visit Paris in your first year, Berlin in your second and various EU countries in your third (with the travel and accommodation costs included as part of your course fee). Work with the latest in laser cutter and 3D rapid production equipment. You’ll also have access to woodwork and metalwork workshops staffed by full-time technical tutors. Be inspired by your surroundings in our eye-catching Faculty of Arts and Humanities Building, where you can collaborate on projects with students and staff in Fine Art, Art and Performance, Graphics and Photography, 3D Design and Humanities. Take part in our Continuing Professional Development events, where the country’s industry experts will keep you up-to-date on topics including building regulations and energy standards. Join the Plymouth Architecture and Design Society and be inspired by fortnightly lectures that bring architects, engineers and designers into the school to showcase and discuss their work with you, or sign up with the Plymouth University Building Society (PUBS) for excellent socialising and industry-networking opportunities.


In year 1, you’ll learn the core foundations of architectural technology and the environment – forming a critical understanding of the subject. You’ll study the history and theory of architecture. And, as we've structured the curriculum to accurately reflect the industry, you’ll also work with your colleagues in the studio on practical design projects, as well as examining energy systems in buildings, structures and their construction; site surveying and building law. In year 2 you’ll build on the knowledge you’ve acquired and continue to further your practical development. Engaging in hands-on studio design challenges, you’ll deepen your understanding of what impact your decisions have on human and environmental performance. We’ll continue to focus on sustainability, introducing you to wider environmental issues affecting building design and use. And, you’ll have the chance to travel abroad to study real buildings in the context of real cities. In year 3, you’ll do your industry placement – aided by our network of industry contacts. You’ll work with a practising architectural technologist, applying the skills and knowledge you've gained over the last two years in the real world. In your final year, you’ll further expand your understanding of design by studying buildings in use, as well as building conservation. You’ll continue to prepare for your intended career by focusing on case studies that deal with fire, health, safety and sustainability standards. And, professional practice, property and environmental law modules will round off what you've learnt over the last three years - ensuring you’re prepared and ready for your first job. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

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

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How you'll be assessed

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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 90%
Student score 84% 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
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
10% 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 85% 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 other elementary services occupations


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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