Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)

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.


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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

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: One day a week for five years, Sandwich: Two years full-time study, one year in industry, final year in full-time study

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 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: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 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

Further information

All applicants are invited to an interview.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

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

Year 2

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 3

Compulsory Modules

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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.




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

Architecture Resource Room

Architecture Studio Year 1

Ike Obanye

BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology, 2006

Like many young students before him, Ike Obanye had little idea of what to study and where his life was going to take him. What he did know, however, was that he wanted to move away from London for further education and decided to up sticks and move up north to Preston. Having a general interest in the built environment, Ike eventually decided on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course. ​

John Bridge

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, 2006

John Bridge studied part-time on the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course and now works as a chartered architect.  John graduated from the course with a first, also winning an international design competition, receiving the award on the day of his graduation. He explains graduation as his favourite memory whilst at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). “I was really lucky; it was a great ceremony over at the Guild Hall and back at the Harris building.”

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Art, Design and Fashion
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.