Architectural Technology (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Architectural Technology (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Art, Design and Fashion




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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    4H68; Short form: BSc/ADT

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. If you are interested in the technical side of architecture, rather than the creative, then our fully accredited degree will develop your expertise in the technology, management and legal aspects of construction. The course covers the range of design problems that architectural technologists work on, including commercial, industrial, retail, leisure and residential projects and these may involve new-build, adaptation, restoration maintenance or interiors. You will be set a number of design projects throughout the course and may undertake these in groups or on an individual basis, to gain the knowledge and skills which enable you to find efficient and effective solutions to the design and construction of buildings.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

All applicants will be invited to attend for interview

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Diagnostic Skills
  • Design History in Architecture


  • Final Major Project (FMP)
  • Portfolio and Exhibition 

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Architectural Design & Communication
  • Law and Management
  • Digital Graphics & CAD
  • Architectural History and Theory 1
  • Building Technology 1

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Design Project 2
  • 3D Design and BIM
  • Contract Law
  • Building Services
  • Town Planning and Building Control
  • Building Technology 2
  • BIM and Professional Practice

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Design Project 3
  • Tectonic Design
  • Architectural Management
  • Performance Studies
  • Building Conservation

Further Information

Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course offers a broad education focusing on the key areas of technology, design, procedures and practice and procurement and contracts. Having studied Architectural Technology at UCLan you will gain the knowledge and skills which enable you to enter professional practice of architectural technology.

The Architectural Technology degree has been running successfully for a number of years at Preston, offering both full, part-time and sandwich modes of study. The course is fully accredited by the CIAT and there is recognition in the wider community and within industry of the quality of the course and its progression to career pathways and number of students over the years winning regional and national awards.

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. This course combines the academic expertise of industry active staff with visiting lectures from practice and professional bodies.

You will be taught by highly experienced tutors.

The five main areas of study are:

  • Project Inception
  • Project Planning
  • Design Process
  • Contract Management
  • Professional Practice

Architecture Technology Student


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The course is well linked with numerous companies and organisations, ranging from local companies to national organisations and we work with them to develop live projects, site visit and work placements. These links also allow us to embed employability within the teaching and learning environments in terms of having current and up-to-date industry input into the course and the development of the curriculum over time.

Professional Accreditation

The course is fully accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Chartered Institute of Building.



Learning Environment and Assessment

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, tutorials, seminars, site visits, design projects, project simulation exercises and most projects culminate in students presenting their work in design reviews or ‘crits’. Lectures and projects are further supported by a programme of visiting lecturers, industry professionals and professional bodies.

Part-Time Study

Fit part-time study into your working life

Flexible delivery of this course allows you to study whilst in employment – our part-time teaching is delivered just one day per week. 


You will be encouraged to undertake work placements and internships during your studies. These can range from work experience as a result of a live project through to undertaking sandwich placements.

There is also the opportunity for international study, through the Erasmus scheme to KEA in Copenhagen and through yearly overseas field trips.

Our Architectural Technology degree is held in high regard by the wider architectural community for the quality of teaching and the number of graduates who go on to enjoy successful careers within the industry, regionally and nationally.



The Architectural Technology course is supported by excellent facilities and you will have access to studio and architectural IT hardware and software as used in industry. We are one of the few courses to have an in-School design resource room centre containing an array of support material such as a fully updated RIBA technical library and National Building Specification directories.

Architecture Resource Library
Architectural / Model Making Workshop
Architectural Design Studios
Digital Print Studio
Metals / 3D Workshop

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