Architectural technologists are specialists in the science of architecture, building design and construction. They work closely with architects and help to turn the architect's concept into reality in the completed construction. Concerned with the technical side of design, they ensure that an attractive functional building performs successfully.
They ensure the right materials are used and that building regulations are met. They also monitor quality assurance, costs and deadlines and will help to lead projects from conception through to completion.
Awards: BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (BSc): 38VW
Institution Code: T80
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;
School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments
I chose to do Architectural Technology because I wanted to get off site and move into a more technical area using CAD / 3D Design. We have had the opportunity to work on live projects, such as, our ideas for the space within a local Community Church, looking at building regulation compliance and carrying out surveys to check conditions. When you visit a place it is easier to understand the theory learned in lectures - it would also be difficult to tell where, for example, the graves are when putting services in without visiting he site and taking your own photographs. It has made the learning relevant and learning from lecturers with teaching experience and areas of expertise makes it more relevant again.
The BREEAM assessment is one of the key sustainable assessments for the construction industry that is world-wide recognised. The BREEAM UK New Building Construction Assessment is taught inside the Architectural Technology programme. This gives our Architectural Technology students the opportunity to improve their understanding of sustainable construction assessment and to improve the options of employability, not only as a BREEAM assessor but also achieving the skills to deal with sustainability assessments as part of design teams and management.
These programmes in Architectural Technology are concerned with buildings and their performance. The discipline centres on building design and specification; it also embraces project management, legal, cultural, historic and economic factors as well as environmental issues. The aims of the awards are to; enable you to assess accurately a range of technological problems whilst delivering appropriate pragmatic solutions; provide an in-depth understanding of the technical, economic, legal and organisational aspects embraced within the Architectural Technology profession; equip you with a range of skills as required by technologists either whilst working in professional practice or within large organisations.
These programmes contains certain modules that are delivered in common with other related programmes within the School i.e. Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Project and Construction Management etc, but only where these provide the essential foundations or there is a need for an inter-disciplinary approach to be taken as is common within the built environment professional discipline areas.
Level 4 Modules - BSc/HND/HNC
Built Environment Issues Academic & Professional Skills
Surveying & Measuring Buildings
CAD & Visualisation/ Architectural Model Making
Science, Structural Appreciation & Materials
History of Architecture Design Principles
Level 5 Modules - BSc/HND
Construction Technology & Architectural Detailing
Built Environment Services
Architectural Studio Design
Conversion & Adaptation of Buildings
Research Methods for Construction with BIM
Level 6 Modules - BSc
Professional Practice and Law
Major Design Project
Architectural Research Project
The School of Built and Natural Environment prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment, with personal attention afforded to all students. Delivering a successful and enjoyable learning experience is at the very core of our vision to produce first class professionals.
We are situated in an urban maritime environment very close to Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and with many interesting buildings and cultural assets nearby. We are in close proximity to magnificent natural and physical resources of south, mid and west Wales and the University and its staff play a major role within the conservation and heritage management of these and other similar national assets.
As class sizes are generally less than 25, this engenders a culture and environment that listens to and supports individual student needs. Our teaching is informed by research in subject’s that extend right across our portfolio, suitably supplemented by external experts from around the world. We believe in engaging with employers to develop, deliver and review courses that enhance our graduate’s employability credentials in a manner that is central to our vision for students, the city and region. This is further reflected by recent graduate success stories that include employment in international organisations, entrepreneurship and community engagement. Our commitment is demonstrated by recent investment in facilities, staff and engagement, which means the future for our graduates, is stronger than ever. We truly look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your personal goals and ambitions.
Assessments used within these Programmes are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Typically, such assessment will take the form of practical exercises where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities. Traditional formal time-constrained assessment is by means of tests and examinations, normally of two-hour duration. Examinations are a traditional method of verifying that the work produced is the students’ own work.
To help authenticate student coursework, some modules require that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the lecturer to monitor progress. Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.
BSc Architectural Technology - UCAS: 38VW
You will need 96 UCAS Tariff points from A levels or their equivalent (240 UCAS tariff points)
HND Architectural Technology - UCAS 3L1V
You will need 48 UCAS Tariff points from A-levels or their equivalent (120 UCAS tariff points)
HNC Architectural Technology
You will need 40 UCAS Tariff points from A-levels or their equivalent (100 UCAS tariff points)
We welcome all potential students with an interest in and commitment to the environment to contact us and discuss entry requirements.
An alternative to A levels
Successful completion of an appropriate Access Course
Professional vocational experience
We particularly welcome mature students with relevant vocational or even voluntary experience in the environment sector. The requirements for entry will vary depending on your background. Sometimes we may ask you to take an Access course to prepare you for study, or we may accept you based on your experience alone.
If you have a passion for the environment but a non-standard educational background please do feel free to contact us to discuss your place.
Foundation Year in STEM (environmental stream) - UCAS CODE: HR3U
These programmes combine academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies. It will expose you to the educational requirements necessary to embrace the very highest industry standards, and entails developing your knowledge and skills of conservation and restoration technologies, as well as legal, and management areas relevant to all buildings. It will prepare you for work as a building conservationist and to apply for membership of leading built environment professional bodies including: the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology (CIAT), the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Chartered Institute of Building. In addition to the professional and technical skills specific to building conservation; presentation, communication and team working skills so essential in everyday business, are covered.
It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.
Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.