Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)


January 2017, September 2016

code: K237, K238

The entry requirements below are for students starting in September 2016.


Chartered Architectural Technologists lead the technological design within architecture. Our Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) accredited course explores the science of architecture. Learn to turn design concept into reality where passive design, innovation and performance are key drivers. Explore the principles of practice management, rationalized architectural design and how to lead projects from residential to commercial. You will learn to play a pivotal role in the design and construction process. This course has been validated to include an optional Sandwich Placement year in industry.

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For more information about Sandwich Placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.

Full description


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As an expert in the technical side of architectural design, you’ll be ready to work in traditional architecture and construction roles. This might involve managing building projects, making sure that budgets and deadlines are met, the correct materials are used, and regulations are satisfied.

Alternatively, you might take up opportunities in manufacturing and processing, management, health, or government institutions.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Urban Design and MSc Town Planning.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • History and Theory of Architecture (Introduction)
    You'll consider key historical and recent examples of architecture and related writings to help you form your own views on contemporary design, including your design work, in a range of appropriate cultural and artistic contexts. The module focuses on a different topic each week, and you’ll gain knowledge about architectural history that’ll open your eyes to the built environment and make you appreciate architecture more fully.
  • An Introduction to Technology and Design
    This module is designed for students of construction, surveying and architecture that have little or no prior knowledge of building construction, services and material properties. You’ll learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing, by considering each of the main elements of the buildings' structure. You’ll study the requirements of the internal environment, and build an understanding of how services installations contribute to user comfort. The personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology is illustrated to develop your learning. You’ll also gain an insight into the behaviour and properties for a variety of materials commonly used in the construction of buildings and civil engineering projects, including their basic scientific principles. You’ll get an appreciation of the role of the designer in the construction process and have an understanding of the design process. You’ll learn through weekly videos, and workbooks as well as formal lectures and group tutorials.
  • Learning and Practical Skills Development (HE and Work)
    Foundation Degree students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. The module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for learning and later development. You'll gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment. The module will enable you to gain experience in applying the elementary surveying techniques of levelling and linear measurement, both for detail acquisition and setting out. The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. Final survey drawings will be produced and annotated. You will be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You'll develop and maintain a reflective learning log to support this module and their continuing studies, the reflective log to be used as the basis of your PDP submission.
  • Site Management and Safety
    Examine health and safety issues within the construction industry and their integration throughout the processes of design, tender award and construction. You’ll explore the roles of all parties involved, from both moral and legal viewpoints, as well as past and current attitudes. You’ll consider the safety record within the construction industry and identify health and safety legislation aimed at reducing accident rates. You’ll also focus on the process of hazard identification and risk assessment and learn to produce method statements following on from risk assessments. Finally, you’ll identify safe systems of work and relate theory to practice.
  • Architecture and Planning Design Studio A
    This module introduces you to the creative processes skills required within the architecture and architectural technology professions. You'll develop a range of graphic communication techniques, including freehand and technical drawing skills. We'll refine your ability to understand and produce simple professional technical drawing, as well as developing your appreciation of the extent of information required in the process of planning, designing and constructing a building. You'll have the opportunity to investigate; space and form, materials, structure, construction and technology. Throughout this module you'll develop your drawing skills relating to scale, proportion and the human body.
  • Architecture and Planning Design Studio B
    This module complements your learning from Architecture & Planning Design Studio A. You'll develop a range of graphic communication techniques, including freehand and technical drawing skills. We'll refine your ability to understand and produce simple professional technical drawing, building on your appreciation of the extent of information required in the process of planning, designing and constructing a building. You'll have the opportunity to investigate; space and form, materials, structure, construction and technology. Throughout this module you'll develop your drawing skills and explore the issues relating to scale, proportion and the human body.

Year two, core modules

  • Architectural CAD
    You'll get hands-on training in some of the most up-to-date software used within the industry. You'll use intelligent object-oriented design methods to create virtual models of traditional residential and commercial buildings. You'll gain an appreciation of the substantial benefits such systems can offer in terms of client visualisation and design flexibility. The skills you'll gain in this module are vital to your professional development. We'll keep you up-to-date with current software packages so you'll be at the cutting edge of the sector.
  • Site Studies and Planning
    Gain an understanding of the inseparable nature of place and contact, and how this affects the design for new buildings and a sense of place. You’ll investigate the influences of physical environment in its historic, present and future context, and study the legal and planning constraints that affect the built environment. Exploring a site, you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate elements of townscape. In particular, you’ll consider the design elements that contribute to urban for and place shaping. As part of this process, you’ll develop your drawing and sketching skills, providing an enhanced understanding of the place, spaces between buildings and the urban environment. You’ll examine design procedures and processes and develop a proposal for a new building and place within the context of an existing townscape. You’ll explore a sense of place, with contextual investigations of design proposals, as well as planning policy and guidance and the way in which they’re implemented. And you’ll consider the importance and implications of environmental criteria.
  • Environmental Services and Construction Technology
    You’ll gain an insight into the scientific basis of the environmental performance and construction of buildings and their services. The main focus is on the introduction of modelling tools that can be used to simulate a building's performance and its affect on the environment. The main approach adopted is a scientific one, focusing on the analysis of a problem or set of problems, followed by the synthesis of a solution. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building's thermal, visual and aural performance. A number of scientific methods are explored and there will be a limited amount of practical experiment based work. A number of technical solutions is explored for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building. The passive design features of a building are explored. This second level module is also designed to give you a broad understanding of the way we build our commercial and industrial buildings. It is intended to lead on from the study of domestic construction to considering the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, the affects on the construction process of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health & safety are examined. A great deal of guidance is give to you on skill development. Our module is delivered by blended learning via WebCT, so good access to the internet is essential. You’ll be assessed by a series of online multi choice questions and a number of reports on the performance of buildings.
  • Site Studies and Design
    Gain an understanding of the design of buildings, spaces and structures within their existing context, and how this affects the design for new buildings within their setting. You’ll carry about a survey of an existing building, taking into account its history and detailing. Developing the terminology of buildings, you’ll learn how to develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the elements of design and built form, and how design affects setting. You’ll advance your drawing and sketching skills to assist in design analysis and widen your understanding of the effect of thieving and the built and historic environment. You’ll examine the process of the design of buildings, considering a proposal relative to a particular site, and develop your own alternative design response for a selected element. You’ll develop your ability to form a critical point of view and justify your own ideas, both verbally and with the support of drawings and other graphic skills. ur project-based middle will see you encompass studio work and engagement with site visits and tutorial reviews.
  • Design Technology 1
    You’ll explore technology strategically, as well as using it to deliver detailed solutions, and the importance of economics in technical design. You’ll gain an appreciation of materiality, and develop your technical drawing techniques. You’ll also explore rationalised building methods alongside methods of specification. You’ll produce detailed technical drawings and technical reports, including the rationale behind the drawings and their technical specification. We'll assess your progress by means of illustration reports and related oral presentations.
  • Design Procedures
    You’ll focus on the collation and presentation of design, technical and contractual information required for the professional planning and management of the design, as well as the skills required in creating a building from inception to completion. You’ll develop creative skills in urban architectural design, in particular by studying the relationship between social processes, buildings and architectural design in various ways, from theoretical studies to site visits. You’ll also explore the implications of building in the city from the perception of the client, the builder and the public. You’ll enhance your drawing and modelling skills to give definition to creative thinking of a more theoretical nature. Alternative design solutions will be developed in groups and individually, and the materiality of architecture is explored. You’ll also develop your oral, as well as two- and three- dimensional presentation techniques related to the design solutions adapted.
  • Modelling Sustainable Architecture
    You'll gain an insight into some of the issues and design processes associated with the design of sustainable architecture. You'll have the opportunity to work as a member of a design team working on a number of modelling tools to simulate the environmental performance of buildings. Learning is based on the Building Research Establishment's BREEAM approach to the design of responsible architecture; considering the effects a building has on local resources and global warming. Aspects of heating and electrical energy use, pollution, occupancy comfort, transport, and embodies energy are investigated and combined to produce a building design that will have the minimum impact on the natural world. The work focuses on low energy low impact passive design solutions to environmental problems. Both the passive and active design features are explored and exploited to produce an environmentally friendly building design. Teaching is delivered by blended learning through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so good access to the internet is essential.

Year three, core modules

  • Project Evaluation and Development
    Examine all issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial appraisal, design technology, legal, health and safety and the environment within a theoretical and practical framework. You’ll develop your ability to comprehend the totality and implications of the development process and to make reasoned value judgements as to its potential feasibility. You’ll examine local planning policies for the site, coupled with a financial analysis of the proposed scheme using traditional and modern forms of valuation techniques. You’ll also focus on project appraisal, pre-contraction processes, construction and post-construction processes, marketing, disposal and evaluation.
  • Architectural Technologies Research Project
    You'll explore the theory and practice of appraising, selecting and justifying the design and production of buildings and their components. We'll focus on the strategic framework of structure, environmental services and sustainability, you'll critically examine the relationship between the main elements of construction, including the floor, walls and roof. You'll develop the skills to design components, their performance specification and their production processes, and gain an understanding of on-site buildability and life-cycle performance in use.
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
    Study a real-life building and investigate the principles of developing a holistic approach to the adaptive re-use of buildings. You’ll develop an understanding of user needs in relation to economic re-use of existing buildings by extending, adapting, altering and conserving buildings. You’ll need to be aware of the concepts of conservation, restoration and preservation along with the realities of extension, conversion and adaptation options for existing buildings in order to optimise long-term sustainable economic viability of buildings. You will consider appropriate and creative technology and their impact upon economic appraisals. You’ll complete an in-depth case study either individually or as a group. You will also study the impact of modern design concepts, landscaping, low energy, environmental and sustainability issues to meet enhanced user-needs. You’ll need to research and contextualise architectural history, together with the components and materials of construction previously incorporated, to consider and justify future life-cycle options. It’ll be important for you to acquire a range of analytical skills to measure existing and proposed building performance from a number of standpoints and be in a position to make recommendations after short-listing a range of re-use options to be considered by a building owner. Your case study will involve a real-life building (or range buildings) in need of economic regeneration and enhancement, in order to advise the ‘client’ on potential options through a written report, an illustrative portfolio and a succinct design-pitch to illustrate and justify your recommended design proposals .
  • Technological Building Analysis
    Gain the skills to evaluate and analyse technological design approaches for historic and contemporary buildings. You’ll explore the theory and practice of appraising, selecting and justifying the design and production of buildings, their elements and constituent components. You’ll explore and research buildings from textbooks, journals and on-site physical analysis to undertake a reverse science approach to learning. Focusing on the strategic framework related to structure, environmental services and sustainability, you’ll examine the relationship between the major elements of construction, such as the road, walls and floors, and critically examine these though sketching, report writing and technical drawing. You’ll also develop the knowledge and skills required for the designing of components, their performance specification, life-cycle and cost analysis, production processes, quality control, and associated trades. You’ll link this with an appreciation of on-site buildability and raw material extraction, molecular characteristics and environmental impact.
  • Construction Technology and Innovation
    This module focuses on current construction issues and trends of a technological nature, including the critical review of methods of special construction. We'll assess your learning through a formal presentation, during which you're encouraged to use a variety of illustrative methods to support your work. This is backed up by written proposals containing elements of both group and individual work.

Year three, optional modules

  • Professionalism, Values and Ethics
    Built Environments affect and concern everyone in society and can cover areas including ecological, aesthetic, technological, economic and historical values and ethics. You’ll look at both modern and older building scenarios and debate value-systems and values and ethics analysis. We’ll ensure we include focus on relevant building scenarios, such as the Olympics and development plans for areas such as Chelmsford. We’ll ask questions such as: who is doing this, why, for whose benefit, to whose disadvantage? You’ll consider scrutiny is in terms of ecological, aesthetic, technological, economic, historical and similar factors and justification of choices made in planning, architecture and design are discussed in terms of goals, actions and outcomes. You’ll explore underlying values/ethics such as: is what is being done 'good' or 'right' in terms of practical results, fundamental principles, or other objective criteria? This leads on to developing your own views on built environment values/ethics, both as a person and as a future professional.
  • Project Management
    Develop your knowledge of basic management theories, and demonstrate your relevance and application in the planning, organisation and control of construction projects. You’ll research appropriate theories, skills and competencies related to the life cycle of a project from the client's conceptual vision, through the project identification and definition stages, applying appropriate project implementation, execution and control processes to effect successful closure of a project. You’ll also research and develop operational techniques used in the planning, scheduling and control of projects. You’ll consider the holistic integrated nature of the project management role on a construction project develop the specialist techniques which question the usual functional and organisational boundaries. This will help you appreciate the strategic relevance of project management, and the unique features of project management which distinguish it from other forms of management.


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. These reflect the diverse range of skills that a successful architectural technologist needs. Besides exams, they include presentations, reports, portfolios and logbooks.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Additional study information


This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.

Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.

To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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