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Sheffield Hallam University

Architectural Technology

UCAS Code: Not applicable

Bachelor of Science - BSc

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

Access at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open college Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above including mathematics and English language. We may accept GCSE equivalents.

HND (BTEC)

M

Advanced HND/HNC students may be considered for direct entry to year two

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Achieved from 112 UCAS points including least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with an offer of 96 to 112 points based on performance and portfolio. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies. Or • 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications or entry by selection event with an offer of 80 to 96 points based on performance and portfolio. We accept general studies.

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Part-time day-release | 2020

Subject

Architectural technology

What is architectural technology?
This course prepares you for a career in architecture in the highly respected and well-paid role of architectural technologist.

An architectural technologist is an expert in making buildings, specialising in the technical aspects of building design and construction. You will be a key member of the team for any new construction, working with architects, engineers and construction managers on multi-million pound projects.

Architectural technology is a qualified profession in the field of architecture. It is quicker to qualify as an architectural technologist than it is to qualify as an architect, and graduates of this course typically have higher starting salaries than architecture graduates. In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 100% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months.

What you study
We prepare you for a career in architectural technology, focusing on the technical, structural and environmental aspects of building design. You will gain skills in architectural design, expertise in building construction and up-to-date industry knowledge in order to turn your concepts into reality.

There is a strong emphasis on environmental design, which is a critical concern for architectural technologists. Low energy design and sustainable construction techniques are covered in many academic and design modules on the course.

The course contains modules in every year to develop team-working skills and a broad understanding of the wider construction industry. Throughout your time here you will collaborate with students from other courses, and in your final year you can take an international field trip to work with students from other universities such as VIA in Denmark and Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Key areas of study include • architectural design projects • sustainable construction • conservation • modern methods of construction with a focus on environmental and technical design • CAD/BIM and digital media • professional interdisciplinary practice • management.

In your final year, you can display your work in our annual degree show – one of the biggest student exhibitions in the north, which attracts the attention of leading national figures in the creative industries. You also have the chance to network with industry professionals at our annual careers fair.

Our students have unrivalled success in the CIAT awards for technical design excellence and for their research projects. We were awarded national first prize in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012, with many others in the past.

Placements and work experience
In your third year, you can choose to take a year-long work placement in an architecture practice. We will help you find the right placement for you, drawing on our longstanding relationships with practices including HLM, WCEC, WS Atkins and The Bond Bryan Partnership.

A year-long placement is the best possible preparation for your career. It will give you an edge in your final year and in getting a job afterwards. Indeed, many of our students are offered permanent work or sponsorship by the employers where they do their placement.

Hands-on learning and software
You combine creative time in the design studio with lectures, seminars and national and international fieldwork. The course is very hands-on with practical construction classes and model-making in our bespoke workshops. Our design studios are open 24 hours a day, so whenever creativity strikes, you’re ready to make the most of it.

You use a range of CAD software, including state-of-the-art building information modelling (BIM), virtual reality and energy and environmental simulation tools. CAD/3D modelling is used throughout the course.

Expertise
We have been named a Centre of Excellence in Architectural Technology by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for the high standard of teaching and research of lecturers on this course.

Modules

Year one modules:- Integrated technology; Technical studio 1; Environmental technology 1; Construction technology 1

Year two modules:- Communication and CAD1; Design studio AT1

Year three modules:-CAD 2A and 2B; Design project 2A and 2B

Year four modules:- Architectural conservation 2A and 2B; History of architectural technology and design; Environment technology 2A and 2B; Architectural technology practice studies

Year five modules:- Professional practice; Fire health and safety; Environment technology 3

Year six modules:- Comprehensive design project; Technical report

Assessment methods

By a combination of continuous assessment, written assignments, examinations and project work

Tuition fees

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£13,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Architectural technology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

46%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
23%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architectural technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£32k

£32k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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