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Sheffield Hallam University

Architectural Technology

UCAS Code: K130

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


•Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open college Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or 4

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

UCAS Tariff

80

80 UCAS points, including 48 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Architectural technology

Examine the technical, constructional, digital and environmental aspects of building design on this useful, applied course.
Turn concepts into reality — applying a wide range of skills to real-life projects.
Join a prestigious and award-winning department that has won the highest number of CIAT Student Awards of any university.
Work towards becoming a fully-trained architectural technologist — a highly respected, well-paid member of an architecture team working on exciting building projects.

On this course, you'll study wide-ranging aspects of building design, and be part of an academically outstanding department. On graduating, you'll be ready to take on a range of rewarding, key roles within architecture.

Throughout the course, you'll undertake projects that turn your ideas into reality through highly-developed designs and technical drawings.

You'll work in state-of-the-art facilities and benefit from a comprehensive approach to teaching. This includes everything from the utilising the latest design software, to working in digital collaboration with built environment colleagues across Sheffield Hallam and elsewhere.

You'll also study the professional role of an Architectural Technologist — gaining a thorough appreciation of the current and future state of the construction industry.

**You learn through**

weekly studio-based tutorials
lectures and seminars
taught software classes
practical construction workshops
field trips
visits to building sites
visits to architectural practices
work placements
Applied learning
Project -based learning

Design projects are set on real sites and locations, and engage with current social, economic and environmental issues.

On these projects, you will take a brief, create a design, develop a set of technical details and produce complex digital drawings and models ready for construction.

The course offers many other hands-on opportunities. For example, workshop classes cover the practical construction techniques used in the conservation of historic buildings.

You'll also study digital design in depth. The course covers a range of software that is used for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM), which together allow exploration of the design and the creation of a data-rich environment.

**Environmental emphasis**

The course emphasises environmental design and introduces fundamental knowledge of environmental science and low-energy design across all three years. We teach software that allows the environmental quality and energy performance of buildings to be simulated and tested, and this is used to inform studio design projects.

**Work Placements**

The majority of students will go on work placement after second year. This gives you a great experience ready to get a full-time job after graduation.

You will receive in-depth preparation for your placement, including mock job interviews with professional architectural technologists.

The course is flexible — it is very common to complete the final year as a part-time student, staying on to work in the practice where you went on placement

**Networking opportunities**

You'll engage with employers and practitioners are invited as studio tutors or visiting lecturers .

We have strong connections with regional and national practices, which allow for excellent employment opportunities. This is aided by industry employer events, such as our end of year exhibition preview, and is aided further by a dedicated employability team. Your Year 3 modules also include several practice and building visits.

You'll also work with students from our overseas partner universities to work collaboratively on the same project.

**Field trips**

Field study trips, within the UK and Europe, broaden your understanding of architectural technology within contemporary contexts.

Modules

**Year one modules**- • Architectural design studio • Communication/CAD • Technical studio 1 • Architectural Technology practice • Environmental Construction Technology 1.

**Year two modules**- • Architectural Technology studio 2A and 2B • Multi-disciplinary practice • Environmental Technology 2 • Computer-aided 3D modelling • Architectural conservation and history • Construction Technology 2.

**Year three**- • Work placement.

**Final year modules**- • Architectural Technology studio 3A and 3B • Technical report • Professional practice • Interdisciplinary project • Environment Technology 3

Assessment methods

• Continuous assessment
• Written assignments
• Project work
• Examinations
• Lab reports

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

TEF rating:

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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.

81%
med
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

74%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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