Architectural Technology BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

K130

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Overview

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

This course, currently accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), aims to prepare 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 as the 5th best university in the country for ‘Architecture’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020, Coventry has been educating construction professionals for over half a century.

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

Employability

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 course is currently accredited up to June 2023 with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for Associate Membership.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CIAT shall be up for renewal in June 2023. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What our students say...

During my studies, I have had the opportunity to go on placement year where I had the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills. The connections to industry and real life projects integrated by the tutors have enabled me to compete and win national student competitions, which I hope gives me a great foundation for my future career!

Kirsten Adjei-Attah, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, graduated 2019

Course information

Architectural Technologics lead the technological design within architecture between concept, innovation and reality.

Playing a pivotal role within the construction process as lead designers or complementing other chartered professionals in the built environment, this course aims to prepare you in seeking future employment in architectural practice, city and urban planning, interior design, contractors and builders, oil and gas developments together with many other areas and specialisms.

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, which should provide you with the research techniques to assess materials and components.

Providing you with the opportunity to gain key knowledge and transferrable skills, our Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) student award winning course at Coventry University sits together with other built environmental disciplines such as building surveying, construction management, quantity surveying, building services engineering and civil engineering. This represents the multi-disciplinary nature of the construction industry and is designed to provide students on the course with some context in relation to their role with other professions they could interact within throughout their future professional careers.

Architectural Technology students should find a home in our dedicated design studio space and alongside other built environment professions in a range of commonly taught modules, which include group projects and use of our extensive range of laboratories and unique facilities such as our simulation centre, which is located on our main campus at the Technology Park.

Following successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies to try and achieve an MSci in Architectural Design Technology.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Project Design Skills

  • Domestic Building Science and Services

  • Domestic Construction Technology

  • Construction Materials

  • Construction Industry Practice 1

  • Land and Building Surveying

  • Building Project 1

  • Group Project

  • Add+vantage

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

In the second year, you will be introduced to more complex issues surrounding the profession such as adaptation of buildings and urban planning which aims to further explore your design and construction knowledge from the previous year.

Modules

  • Law for Construction Professionals

  • Commercial Construction Technology

  • Construction Industry Practice 2

  • Commercial Building Science and Services

  • Building Adaptation

  • Urban Planning & Design

  • Building Project 2

  • Group Project 2

  • Add+vantage

Add+vantage

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.

Overview

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 and abroad. Please note that placement and/or study abroad opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Training

Overview

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. You 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.

Modules

  • Group Project 3

  • Professional Practice and Management

  • Sustainability and Innovation in Construction

  • Technical Project

  • Design Project A

  • Design Project B

  • Add+vantage

Add+vantage

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

5th

Our Architecture courses are ranked 5th by Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Ranked 5th in the UK for 'Architecture’ by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • In the most recent 2019 National Student Survey (NSS), 100% said that staff are good at explaining things and that the course was intellectually stimulating.
  • Teaching from fully qualified and experienced staff who have a high level of design and technical experience in the construction industry and some of whom are still involved in research projects.
  • 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**
  • 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.
  • The opportunity to take part in events where you could meet members of the local design and building community, and attend professional development meetings held by the professional institutions on campus.
  • Currently full accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)*, aiming to set 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.

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 should 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 2019 National Student Survey (NSS), 100% said that staff are good at explaining things and that the course was intellectually stimulating.

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.

Previous students have experienced 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 Dubai, 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, this is desgind so that 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 should enable 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 aim to 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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical or project work, formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, group work, presentation and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Formative assessment and feedback are built into design modules on the regular intervals to facilitate learning progress. The focus on studio culture throughout the design modules on the course encourages regular contact between student and tutor not only through individual tutorials but also integrated taught sessions and workshops. Peer to peer learning is actively encouraged as it both develop your ability of critical evaluation and offers informally based feedback network.

On successful completion of the course, 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 successful completion of the course, 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 should have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this usually 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.

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 aims to give 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 part-funded field 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, Spain, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands, which provide opportunities for student exchanges and student workshops and projects.

**Please note that field trips and study abroad opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

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 placement year where I had the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills. The connections to industry and real life projects integrated by the tutors have enabled me to compete and win national student competitions, which I hope gives me a great foundation for my future career!

Kirsten Adjei-Attah, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, graduated 2019

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-Levels

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.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

 

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.

More detail

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you in searching for work experience while you study and employment on graduation.

Professional placements could significantly enhance your employability and many of our previous students have found their first graduate job through the organisation they worked for on placement.

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.

The School of Energy, Construction and Environment also has a dedicated academic whose role is to co-ordinate placements and employment.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have found employment with all levels of companies at national level, such as HOK and local companies such as IDP Partnership and Corstorphine and Wright, with many graduates finding positions all over the world.

What our students say...

The huge amount of knowledge and experience my course has given me means I will graduate with the confidence and ability to think critically, collaborate productively and influence the world.

Merey Tungushbayeva, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, graduated 2019
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
Coventry City of Culture 2021