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Architectural Technology
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Architectural Technology

International Scholarships available

Overview

Architectural technologists take a building from concept to completion, designing and detailing buildings to bring ideas to life. On this course, you will enhance your flair for design and combine it with an in-depth technical understanding of how buildings work.

You will work on a variety of design projects, from small domestic to large-scale commercial buildings. Central to your learning will be the time you will spend in the design studio using industry-standard design suites to develop and apply your skills on building design projects. You will study a variety of subjects to become proficient in construction technology, materials, legislation and management.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

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You are strongly encouraged to join CIAT and undertake a placement year - it is an opportunity for invaluable industry experience, helping you in gaining employment on graduation. Site visits and live projects, running in conjunction with other courses in the built environment, will further enhance your understanding of working in the field. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work to visiting professionals from industry.

You will make contacts in the industry through professional development sessions, where experts will review and feedback on your work, and presentations from CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists).

The dedicated Computer Aided Design (CAD) suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, will allow you to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Professional accreditations
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Architectural Technology

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from January 2019.

Delivered through lectures, tutorials and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity as an architectural technologist. You will also work closely with other construction students allowing you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace. In each year of study, you will take five core modules. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

Designed to prepare you for the following years study, your first year modules will provide you with a base knowledge of the areas associated with the industry. It will also provide you with an introduction to the software packages currently used by architectural technologists. Your assignments and design-related projects will help you develop good research and presentation skills ready for your second year.
Overall workload
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282 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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918 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
70%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
10%
Core Modules

Understanding the properties of materials is essential both in design and construction. You'll look at a range of materials including metals, cements, concrete, engineering soils and clay brick.

An introduction to building physics and the building services systems found within dwellings, with a particular emphasis on low carbon buildings.

Develop your skills in the design of a small scale building appropriate to a conceptual stage, studying drawing techniques and the use of a range of construction-related software.

Build your understanding of the principles, techniques and processes involved in the design and construction of dwellings. You'll examine how functional requirements of building elements are met, keeping in line with the most recent building regulations.

An insight into the aspects of law which will affect you in your future as a construction professional. It will cover contract law, environmental issues, torts and health and safety.

This year will build on what you learned during your first year of study. You will apply your knowledge to new situations, considering how problems arise and what you might do to solve them. You will work with students from other construction based courses to understand how they approach these problems and what you can do to support each other to achieve your combined goal of answering these problems.
Overall workload
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193 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1007 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
10%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
43%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
47%
Core Modules

You will work individually, collating and reflecting on evidence from your workplace in selected areas of performance. We'll prepare you for lifelong professional development.

Enhance your practical skills by performing within in a team environment. You will have the opportunity to engage with and evaluate complex problems within the built environment and provide an opportunity to identify and present development based solutions.

Acquire expertise in the design of a large scale building appropriate to the planning stage, looking at areas such as sustainability, architectural drawing, access and low energy design.

We'll take you through the basic principles of construction law, both in common law and through the selection of standard forms of construction contracts which embrace a range of procurement routes.

Explore the theories behind why we construct buildings the way we do, why certain construction materials are married together and how to apply building regulations to the process.

Increase your knowledge, understanding and application of the principles and techniques used in the erection, maintenance and use of non-domestic buildings such as high-rise buildings and structures.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

On your return from placement, you will continue to develop your understanding of the industry and the need to deal with problems quickly and accurately. Once again you will join with other students of different professional backgrounds, the majority of which will also have been on placement, to produce a significant piece of work based on a real-life situation.
Overall workload
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230 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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970 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
15%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
65%
Core Modules

We will provide you with a close link between academic study and professional practice - you will look at the integration of a wide range of material producing solutions to design problems.

Learn the financial and commercial aspects of architectural practice and develop an appreciation of professional ethics.

Develop an appreciation for line weights, how to layout details, presentation skills and an appreciation of your future role in the industry.

Gain an understanding of the principles, techniques and processes involved in the adaptation, refurbishment and retrofit of existing buildings, including the conservation of historic buildings. You will examine the principles, techniques and challenges involved in refurbishing existing buildings to meet statutory, energy, economic and functional requirements.

Utilising industry and profession recognised standards and competencies, this module credits you with experiential learning gained in the workplace.

Take on a group project centred on solving problems of a compound and complex nature which require an interdisciplinary approach.

Matthew Brooke-Peat
Matthew Brooke-Peat
Course Director
Matthew is a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT), Chartered Builder (MCIOB) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). Since 1994, he has held positions in construction, architectural practice, academia and technical consultancy. During this time, Matthew has designed and managed new-build, refurbishment, restoration, renovation and conversion projects across a wide range of building types. Matthew joined the University in 2007 where he engages in teaching, research and consultancy activities. His current research focuses on the thermal performance of building fabric. He is actively involved with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) at both regional and national level.
This course focuses on the development of responsible high performance practical solutions that respond to architectural need through the implementation of digital and physical technologies. We support students to develop the knowledge and skills that are essential to begin a successful career in architectural technology.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Access to all software required for the course.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Safety boots for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Some protective equipment for working in the construction materials laboratory and for site visits.
  • Access to all software required for the course.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Safety boots for site visits and working in the construction materials laboratory
    (Cost from £25)

Course-specific optional costs

  • If you wish to use your own computer you will need to make sure it meets the minimum specification requirements for the Autodesk Revit software program
  • Site visits
    (You will be required to make your own way to sites close to campus. The School will cover the costs of bus travel if the site is considered to be far from campus)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • Studios
    Studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. You will have access to architecture and construction related journals including Design Detail.

Location

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Our grade 2 listed buildings are located opposite the new Leeds Arena and overlooking Queen Square. Located close to Millennium Square this is a quiet leafy location, just a ten minute walk from the main train station. The square is also home to the Wellness Centre; our Osteopathy teaching clinic.

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