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BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (with Foundation year)

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Architecture

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Full-time, 4 years

Full-time, 5 years

Part-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This four-year course is perfect if you want a degree in Architectural Design Technology, but don’t have the standard qualifications. We prepare you for your degree during your Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

And it’s an exciting degree to study. The course blends architecture with building engineering, construction technology and management. Our team of architects and civil engineers will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in this important field.

As an architectural technologist, you’ll apply your expertise in building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. Because of your highly specialist skills, you’ll be involved in managing the design process and using your technical knowledge to come up with innovative solutions to problems.

Download our yearbook to view examples of our students' work.

Taking advantage of our superb, industry-standard facilities, you’ll assess the technological factors that help produce the most effective and efficient technical designs. And you’ll learn how to manage a project from conception to completion, taking into account sustainability as well as regulatory and technical issues.

Our lecturers are working professionals, with a wealth of practical experience in addition to their academic background. Thanks to our extensive industry connections, we’ll also help you find local work experience opportunities - or a placement year if you choose that particular option.

 

 

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

KC55

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Placement

Optional placement year available

2nd

Our Architecture courses are ranked second in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

CIAT accredited

Upon graduating, you are eligible to apply for a CIAT professional status. The course is also professionally accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings. 

Great location

Our location and partnering with world-leading practices and companies enable us to create opportunities for you to be involved with real-life projects and developments, augmenting your career opportunities.

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Alexandra Ion

Architecture Design Technology, BSc (Hons)

As an Architectural Design Technology student, you need to think like an architect-designer and an engineer. Having to wear two hats is demanding and challenging. The effort is double, but the satisfaction is double as well.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250

You don't need to pay this up front.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.


All students will receive
:
Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£13,080
EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All applicants are required to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of their work (Please see below for details).

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio may include paintings, drawings, sketches, a personal sketchbook, design and photographic work, 3D-modelling, work in progress, etc. It should exhibit an understanding of spatial awareness.

We like to see the creative and planning processes that have contributed to your work, not just the final pieces. We also like to see some work that reflects your own personal interests, i.e. work that you might have undertaken in your own time.

We want to see your passion for your work and you’re expected to present the portfolio in a positive and interesting manner. You will be expected to display care and thought in the way that your portfolio is presented; the organisation is no less important than the content.

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

This course will help you develop the skills you need for the world of work. We’ll give you the practical training and theoretical knowledge you need to succeed in architectural design technology.

You’ll learn about the role of the architectural technologist, exploring the ways in which you’ll be working with surveyors, construction managers, planners and others to make a distinctive contribution to successful projects. You’ll also study a whole range of buildings from historic to contemporary to broaden your knowledge.

We’ll guide you through the key principles of the construction industry, including the physical and financial appraisal of buildings, relevant legal principles, how to manage resources, documents and data as well as project management and the fundamentals of design.

You’ll produce designs using industry-standard IT and software, applying your skills to solve problems. As you learn to analyse and evaluate technological information and data, you’ll be expected to produce drawings, visualisations and models for specific tasks.

You’ll also be expected to present your work with a commentary, often working as part of a team to replicate real-life working practices. It’s all about make you industry-ready.


 

What you'll study and when

  • Found – all core
  • Year 1 – all core
  • Year 2 – all core
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
  • Year 3 – all core

How you'll be assessed

We'll assess you in a variety of ways, including coursework, group and individual presentations, time-controlled assessments and exams. The balance between exams and coursework is approximately 15 per cent exams, five per cent presentations and 80 per cent coursework. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.

 

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

This is a practical course, so you’ll spend plenty of time in our Docklands-based labs and design studios using specialist software and technology.

You’ll be expected to carry out your own independent study to build on what you learn during lectures, seminars and workshops. To support you, we’ll provide digital materials, notes and handbooks and you’ll also receive individual supervision and feedback from our experienced lecturers.

Much of your learning will focus on project work, and you’ll sometimes be expected to work as part of a team to mirror how projects are completed in industry.

You’ll have opportunities to gain valuable work experience during the course to improve your practical skills, understanding and CV. If you take the work placement option, you’ll benefit from a year’s paid work with a relevant company in your third year.

Architectural design technology is a subject that can’t be fully understood unless you see how it works in practice, so you’ll go on plenty of site visits. Fortunately, many of them are on our doorstep in east London. In fact, there are probably more construction sites per square metre in our vicinity than anywhere in the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the building industry.

Past students have benefited from trips to prestigious construction projects such as the Tate Modern Phase 2 Extension and the Canary Wharf Crossrail station. We also host industry professionals who provide stimulating guest lectures and networking opportunities.

• Guided independent study
We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

• Academic support
Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

• Workload
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching – 300 hours; guided independent study – 900 hours.

The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

Who will teach on this course

Keita Tajima

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

When you come to east London, you’ll be struck by the amount of building and development work that’s going on. But development isn’t just confined to the capital. Wherever you go – the UK or abroad – you’ll find large-scale construction projects from homes and hotels to shopping centres and sports stadiums.


With a degree in architectural design technology, you’ll be perfectly placed to provide the crucial link between architects and other professionals and managers in the construction industry.

 
Your knowledge of design procedures, technology, professional practice and the business side of procurement and contracts will give you the chance to play a pivotal role in the construction world.


As an architectural technologist, you have a number of options. For example, you could work for an architectural practice, a large construction company, a design consultancy or a local authority or regulatory body. Alternatively, you could work as a freelance or set up your own company.

Whatever path you take, by the time you graduate you’ll have skills and knowledge that will appeal to employers in a number of sectors. Whether you’re interested in high-rise buildings, refurbishments or working for an organisation like the National Trust, you’ll have plenty of options. 

 
You should be able to communicate well verbally, in writing and through drawings or models. You’ll understand the regulatory environment and you’ll be equipped with the practical skills of data collection and analysis. In short, you’ll be on your way to a stimulating career.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London. 

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