Architectural Technology BSc | 2018/19

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Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time

How to Apply

Coventry University


September 2018



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An Architectural Technology degree requires a creative, insightful mind and can help you progress to a stimulating and fulfilling career.

Architectural technology brings together the disciplines of architectural design and construction technology – creating, planning and managing manage building projects that not only look aesthetically pleasing, but also incorporate sound structural, environmental and construction aspects within their design. 

This course, accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), prepares you to play a pivotal role in the construction industry – one of the world’s largest and most influential industries – as an architectural or building technologist.

Ranked among the 15 best universities in the country for ‘Architecture’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018, Coventry has been educating construction professionals for over half a century. We enjoy outstanding levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

The Chartered Institute of Building


What our students say...

During my studies, I have had the opportunity to go on a placement year where I have been able to gain professional work experience and apply my knowledge and skills in a real life project that has been very exciting!

Isabelle Foster

Course information

This course aims to prepare you to provide technical and aesthetic contributions to building projects, making sure that designs are buildable, durable, sustainable, economical and easy to maintain.

As such, you will cover a broad range of topics and develop skills and expertise important to all construction professions: architectural design, technical knowledge and understanding, communication, problem solving and personal development.

We place an emphasis on the architectural design process, the cultural and economic environment in which development takes place, building performance analysis and the construction technologies available to achieve sustainable building solutions. You will also be given a solid grounding in the drawing and modelling of architectural forms, together with the research techniques to assess materials and components.


of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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In the first year, primarily common to other building disciplines, you will be introduced to the fundamental topics of building design and the construction process, which are essential to practitioners in all construction professions, such as what constitutes good building design and what causes damage to buildings.


  • Design Studies (Building)

  • Construction Technology and Building Materials

  • Group Project 1

  • Academic and Professional Development Skills

  • Construction Technology and Building Science

  • Building Practice – Architectural Technology


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In the second year, you will focus on more advanced methods of architectural technology; you will examine the design approaches for a complete building, taking into consideration factors such as the relationship between user requirements, spatial layouts and the built form. We will look at current practice in the use of 3D modelling software and evaluate the role of 3D software in the design of buildings, the production drawing process and digital visualisation techniques.

Touching on examples of contemporary practice, we will explore the broader issues affecting building design, including building regulations, law of land and property, relevant health and safety legislation, together with the economics of land and property development. You should learn to compare and assess development options available for differing sites, for example within the context of the town and country planning process in the United Kingdom. We will examine the processes of physical development in cities, towns and the countryside, focusing on the drivers behind land development and how and how town and country planning influences this. 


  • Law for Construction Professionals

  • Group Project 2

  • Academic and Professional Development in Practice

  • Construction Technology

  • Architectural Development and Planning

  • Domestic Construction Methods and Detailing

  • Commercial Construction and Design Development


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working within architecture practices all over the UK.


  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad


In your final year, you should deepen your knowledge of the role of professional practitioners in the construction industry, as an independent practitioner or as an employee in a design office. We will cover professionalism and codes of behaviour, as well as skills relating to setting up in private practice, commercial development and management of a professional practice in the built environment sector.

The course culminates in a research-informed design project and an integrated design and construction planning project in collaboration with other students from our construction courses.


  • Contract Management

  • Group Project 3

  • Technical Project

  • Design Project

  • Professional Practice and Management


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Our Architecture courses are ranked 11th by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Full accreditation from Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIOB), setting you on the path to becoming a chartered builder, chartered construction manager or chartered architectural technologist.
  • Primarily common first year makes it possible to transfer to Construction Management, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying or Commercial Management in the second year if you wish, after successful completion of first year.
  • The opportunity to take part in events where you will meet members of the local design and building community, and attend professional development meetings held by the professional institutions on campus.
  • Studios and laboratories equipped with the latest versions of CAD software including 2D, 3D and visualisation software, building information management software and building performance analysis programs.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Spain, USA, Denmark, Italy and France, giving you the chance for you to spend part of your studies abroad.
  • Teaching from fully qualified and experienced staff who have a high level of design and technical experience in the construction industry and who are still involved in research projects.
  • Exceptionally high student satisfaction – 100% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 98% for the quality of teaching.
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for 'Architecture’ by the Guardian University Guide 2018

The opportunity to apply for placements with employers to gain practical experience in the construction industry.

Your main study themes are:

  • Architectural technology: We aim to develop your understanding and practice of the role of the architectural technologist within the building design process. There are opportunities to analyse, evaluate and articulate essential components of the design process in construction from feasibility through to detail design, focusing on detailing and specification techniques and the skills necessary to express design ideas in a variety of formats and media.

  • Construction technology: You should develop an understanding of various aspects of the design and construction of sustainable and comfortable buildings, by incorporating the most appropriate construction technology and building materials. We will consider the design, construction and environmental performances of low-rise buildings, multi-storey and commercial framed structures, within the context of legislative influences on the layout and planning of buildings and the impact of energy conservation and climate change. We will also explore the range of building services which are installed to provide a suitable internal environment including acoustic, thermal, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

  • Design studies: Aims to develop skills in creating, refining and presenting construction documents in various drawn formats, embedding the arithmetic associated with scale and printed output of construction drawings. Through practical, activity-led studio and location based tutorial sessions, you will develop measuring and sketching skills and use this recorded information as a basis for creating a series of construction documents, using a variety of industry standard 2D and 3D software packages. The produced construction documents will aim to follow the industry standard drawing conventions on scale and notation and will form the basis for 3D model making.

This course can be studied full-time over three or four years with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed part-time by attending up to five modules each year as scheduled for full-time students. You can start in September. 

In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS), 96% said that staff are good at explaining things, and have made the subject interesting. Similarly, 100% were satisfied with the academic and personal support, as well as assessment and feedback. 

Throughout your studies, you will also spend a large amount of time collaborating with other students on group projects in which you can apply your skills to relevant engineering and design problems.

Our students experience a vast amount of their architectural education by visiting and experiencing architecture in its context, organising site visits to existing buildings and current construction sites at home and abroad, which in the past have included Rome, Barcelona, London, Cardiff and Liverpool amongst others. 

You will have access to our Simulation Centre, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM), now used commonly across the sector to manage the information produced during a construction project, from feasibility, through construction and operation to final demolition. Using a 3D model, you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when.

The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff and students on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups. This means that while we cover the technical content of your degree, these projects develop the professional skills required including: problem analysis and design; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report and bench assessment; troubleshooting and more.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, seminars and tutorials to laboratories, workshops and studio sessions.

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and examination. Coursework will be assessed through drawings, models, presentations and written reports and essays.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical or project work: 40%
  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 10%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Science, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 360 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

40% assessed by practical or project work

On completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • Building technology and construction processes.
  • Management processes and systems associated with construction.
  • Building science with respect to materials, structure, services and internal environment.
  • The legal and regulatory framework within which buildings are constructed.
  • Economics of construction; design processes used in construction.
  • Current innovations relating to the construction of buildings; procurement and contract administration procedures; how quality is achieved in construction processes and products.
  • Health and safety in building design and construction.


On completion, you will be able to:

  • Analyse data and information sources in construction.
  • Apply techniques used for the analysis and surveying of existing buildings.
  • Apply CAD, manual drawing techniques and other tools to construction design.
  • Apply technical data to specification and production information.
  • Create and present design proposals Identify the aims and objectives of research.
  • Analyse, interpolate and present information.
  • Analyse and solve construction problems of a technical and managerial nature.
  • Reflect on the interdisciplinary and team working nature of the construction industry in order to undertake and manage construction design and the construction process.
  • Undertake full-measured, dilapidation and condition surveys.
  • Write different types of property survey reports.
  • Develop and test technical design solutions for detailed design and production.

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, tutorials and project work (or later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium-group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials, CAD or drawing studio each week.
  • Large-group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 20 hours to study and revise in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities.

Construction is a global industry with the demand for building professionals overseas set to rise dramatically. The United Nations has identified nine countries, which will account for half the world’s population growth between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Indonesia and Uganda. 

The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which architecture takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and future career. For example, we draw on case studies such as the ancient and modern architecture of Rome or Gaudi in Barcelona.

You will have the opportunity to go on at least one fully university funded study trip overseas to look at architecture and building design outside the UK. Recent destinations have included Rome in Italy and Barcelona in Spain.

If you opt for a sandwich year, you can spend time studying abroad; we currently have links with other universities in Malaysia, Oman, Canada, France, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, which provide opportunities for student and staff exchanges and joint student projects.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

During my studies, I have had the opportunity to go on a placement year where I have been able to gain professional work experience and apply my knowledge and skills in a real life project that has been very exciting!

Isabelle Foster

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU021
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC Excludes General Studies DDD-DMM
30 points
Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.
Typical Offers


Please note: an interview is required as part of the admissions process.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma is assessed on an individual basis.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.


Please note: an interview is required as part of the admissions process.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Please note: an interview is required as part of the admissions process.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

During my studies, I have had the opportunity to go on a placement year where I have been able to gain professional work experience and apply my knowledge and skills in a real life project that has been very exciting!

Isabelle Foster

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

During my studies, I have had the opportunity to go on a placement year where I have been able to gain professional work experience and apply my knowledge and skills in a real life project that has been very exciting!

Isabelle Foster

Career prospects

As an Architectural Technology graduate from Coventry University, you will be perfectly suited to architectural practice, although many students use their extensive transferrable skills to move into BIM management, construction contracts and development, planning departments, interior design or the oil and gas industries, along with many other final destinations.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have found employment with companies locally such as IDP Partnership and Corstorphine and Wright together with many graduates finding positions all over the world


Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course has a wonderful architectural design element, backed up with a strong technical focus with many great international experiences on offer. With excellent professional and industry links, I was offered a graduate position before my course ended and have since become the Chair of the CIAT Aspiration group for the West Midlands.”

Matthew Willemsen, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, graduated in 2015 and winner of the CIAT best graduating student 2015 awar

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.