Architectural Technology BSc Honours
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 require 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 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.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Technology 1 – Construction Technology and Surveying
- Technology 2 – Building Design & Environmental Engineering
- Technology 3 – Building Science and Structures
- Management 1 – Built Environment and Graduate Attributes
- Management 2 – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
- Design 1 – Design Principles
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Technology 4 – Fabric and Performance
- Technology 5 – Building Services Engineering
- Technology 6 – Structures Principles
- Management 3 – Legal, Economical and Organisational Management
- Management 4 – Construction Project Based Learning
- Design 2 – Design Project 1
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Technology 7 – Sustainable Design for Construction
- Technology 8 – Refurbishment and Maintenance
- Design 3 – Design Project & Fire Safety
- Management 6 – Professional Practice
- Design 4 – Design Project 2
- Management 10 – Sustainable Development and Lean Construction
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over ﬁve years.
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.
You will be taught by full-time academics and visiting lecturers with industry experience and professional qualifications. The teaching team includes:
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, download the undergraduate construction courses – what your tuition fees cover PDF.
The course’s professional accreditation will enhance your employment prospects, and our graduates have developed careers with contractors, consultancies, commercial companies, local authorities, housing associations and many other types of organisation. Others have also pursued further studies at Master's level, either on a full-time or part-time basis, typically in areas such as construction or project management.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
A professionally accredited course
The course is accredited by the& Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
A flexible course
Our construction courses share a common Year 1 providing a knowledge base of basic principles. This also reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry and provides a broad understanding of the work of fellow professionals in neighbouring disciplines. In the second and third years the different courses become more specialised.
The course can be studied full-time, or part-time so you can work while you study.
Central London location and contacts
Our central London location provides direct access to professional institutions and practice. The course is informed by current industry priorities. You will benefit from our strong connection and regular contact with professional bodies and leading practitioners from industry are involved in the delivery of the course.
Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations.
We have excellent links with employers and our Career Development Centre and career networking events will help you to prepare yourself for the world of work.
Dynamic teaching methods
Our wide variety of teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions, individual and group projects, and guided reading. A variety of assessment methods is also used including portfolios, written work such as essays and reports, in-class tests and examinations.
Our staff's research informs their teaching so you will benefit from the latest developments in the field. 20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. While we are interested in every aspect of research in these fields, there are particular areas we specialise in, including property valuation, construction and project management, construction economics and energy use in buildings.
Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities. We have well-resourced construction laboratories, traditional and digital workshops, a substantial 24 hour library, book shop, coffee shop and cafeteria.
We offer a wide range of scholarships. See westminster.ac.uk/scholarships.
Why not consider going on exchange as part of this degree? You could spend the second semester of your second year at one of our partner institutions and gain international experience and global skills to further enhance your employability. As part of its exchange offerings Westminster is also an active participant in the Erasmus+ programme which is supported by the European Commission. This degree has Erasmus+ exchange partners and you could apply for an Erasmus+ grant to help towards living expenses whilst on exchange. For further details visit the Student exchange section.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Architectural Technology BSc Honours, graduated 2014
Currently: Design and Planning co-ordinator, Millwood Designer Homes
What are you doing now?
I work on bespoke exclusive developments as a Design and Planning coordinator.
What did you find most valuable about your course at Westminster?
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.
Why would you recommend Westminster as a place to study?
The Marylebone Campus at the University of Westminster is a great place to study with excellent resources and a location which is perfectly suited for both university life and for studying construction and architecture-related degrees. The experience and knowledge of the teaching staff is great and they were always happy to help with anything in or out of university.
I think that many are cautious of pursuing a career in construction from university as industry experience is so key. Westminster is well respected in the industry and gives an excellent grounding for graduate roles and various fast track management schemes that are available.
What advice would you give to someone thinking for pursuing a similar career?
I would say that the construction industry isn’t the dirty manual labour industry that it has a reputation for! It is a very fast paced exciting industry that is always developing with brilliant management opportunities and great career progression.
What was the best thing about being a student in London?
The availability of great construction projects and innovative architecture to explore throughout my degree.
What extra-curricular activities did you participate in that enhanced your time at the University?
I volunteered for the police as a Special Constable which gave me a great variety of experiences and a change from university life once a week. I also mentored with the SU allowing me to meet new people and pass on some of my experiences to others.
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 just spot on for me.”
Our Property and Construction 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.
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