Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Architectural technologists help to bring projects to fruition through making the technical decisions necessary to solve design problems. They need a sound understanding of the processes of design and construction and the management tools, particularly CAD, for the communication of design information. The skills they require are wide ranging, from design and architectural composition, technical analysis and presentation, to the business and management skills necessary for contract procurement and administration. Design and development is an increasingly complex issue, where the formation of design proposals and detailed decision-making requires expert and professional judgement.

This course is structured so that you will learn to appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of the built environment, and gain a broad understanding of neighbouring disciplines. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to develop your career in an architectural design setting alongside architects, engineers, surveyors and other professionals, practice privately, or run - upon successful MCIAT chartership - a business either as a partner or a co-director with other professionals in the architectural and construction industries. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our construction courses share a common Year 1, so students interact with those studying different pathways, gain some knowledge of the work of all professionals working in the construction industry, promoting the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry. Throughout the course, construction technology and management remain central, the issue of health and safety is addressed, and the importance of sustainability is considered.

All of our courses are delivered using an enquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study. Our technology-enhanced learning supports independent study via synchronous online lectures, tutorials and seminars, which are captured and stored to enable you to revisit sessions online after the event. We assess your learning through a variety of methods including project work, essays and exams.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Digital Literacy 
  • Design – Design Principles 
  • Management – Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Management – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
  • Technology – Building Science 
  • Technology – Construction Technology and Services

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Digital Practice
  • Design – Design Project 
  • Management – Project Procurement, Management and Law
  • Technology – Fabric and Performance 
  • Technology – Structural Principles

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Design – Design Project 
  • Management – Professional Practice
  • Technology – Building Pathology
  • Technology – Construction Technology and Innovation
  • Dissertation

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, the Chartered Institute of Building, and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

"CABE is proud to accredit the degree programmes within the built environment at the University of Westminster. This brings us closer to talented students who will build their global future as Chartered Building Engineers and as other professionals within the industry."  – Chartered Association of Building Engineers

Course Leaders

Adam Thwaites

Senior Lecturer

Adam has been teaching on the Architectural Technology BSc since 2006 and is a passionate advocate of architectural technology as a distinct profession and route into a career in architectural design. Prior to his appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, Adam worked for a series of small architectural practices in central London.

Current research/areas of interest include the use of Timber (CLT) in construction within urban areas and within medium to hi-rise buildings; the mitigation of air pollution through the inclusion of vegetation within the built environment; deployable/de-mountable lightweight structures; creative and innovative detailing, energy efficient and sustainable construction methods.

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Tabatha Harris-Mills

Senior Lecturer

A practicing Architectural Technologist for 16 years and a graduate of Sheffield Hallam, Tabatha has been a member of the course team for AT at Westminster since 2008. She took up the course leadership alongside Adam Thwaites in 2018.

With a background in a variety of projects from residential to healthcare, Tabatha has designed and overseen developments across the UK from conception to completion and brings this industry experience into the studio setting.

Teaching at all levels and excited about the future of the profession and the course, Tabatha is a passionate technologist focused on pushing educational boundaries within the specialism. 

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma - D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Careers

The Architectural Technology BSc is a design-led programme. Graduates have a wide range of career paths working with:

  • Architects

  • Interior Architects

  • Engineers

  • Construction Firms

  • Local Authority

  • Property developers 

  • Designers

Having successfully completed Chartered CIAT status and having gained significant work experience, graduates can run and operate their own business.

We encourage students to participate in paid internships during the summer period of their second year. All students take part in a one-week placement in architectural practice during the final year of their course.

Our graduates have found work with:

  • Foster and Partners

  • BAM

  • Atkins

  • Transport for London

  • Burberry (architecture and planning department)

  • Berkeley

  • Barratt Homes

  • Map projects

  • Rala 

We have industry links with the following companies:

  • Foster and Partners

  • HTA Architects

  • RALA

  • Veretec

  • Pozzoni Architects

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

What our students say

Architectural Technology student Fergus Chalmers

Fergus Chalmers

Architectural Technology BSc Honours, graduated 2014

Great industry experience and knowledge from all of the university lecturers gave a real insight in to the construction industry. This gave me a really good grounding when starting out on my construction career.

Ali Muktar

Architectural Technology BSc Honours

It was so stimulating, it was just the perfect course. It gave me everything in terms of what I wanted to learn, the information I wanted to get from the lectures and tutorials – it was spot on for me.

Student work

Our Architectural Technology BSc students have won a wide range of awards including the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists' Student Award for Excellence. Read more about our students' awards.

Field trips

Our students are offered the opportunity to join a week long field trip, the Constructionarium. Held at the National Construction College site at Bircham Newton in Norfolk, students experience the challenges and issues inherent with any construction project, helping them develop professional and personal skills. Read more about the Constructionarium field trip.

Group photo during Constructionarium field trip

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

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Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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