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About the course

Are you a creative thinker with a passion for technology and architecture? Professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, this course explores three branches of the fascinating architectural technology industry: design, technology and professional practice. This is complemented by modules in sustainable environmental design and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Ranked first for student satisfaction, and third for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2021 UK league tables (subject 'Architecture').

Our award-winning graduates gained First and Second (Highly Commended) at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)’s 2017 Student Awards for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology, and Commended in 2018.

Taught by a dedicated and well-qualified team, the architectural design and technology course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, meaning that the curriculum meets the specific needs of the architectural technology industry. The curriculum equips students with a strong grounding in architectural design, construction technology, technical design and professional practice. Students also have the opportunity to qualify as a BREAAM Accredited Graduate.

Solent architectural design and technology students have the opportunity to showcase their final-year projects to employers and the public at our end-of-year Summer Show, and in the past students have secured graduate employment as a result.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our architectural technology studio. Fully-equipped with the latest version of industry standard software, this modern studio space was developed to give a sense of the feel and atmosphere of a working professional studio, bringing students together from various built environment courses to collaborate as they would in the real-world workplace. 

Solent students will study in the heart of an exciting city undergoing significant development, from the royal pier project, the new cultural quarter and Watermark West Quay to Solent University’s own buildings.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Strong industry links allow study projects to be linked to real-world briefs, giving students the opportunity to work with clients and employers. This full time course is also offered on a part-time day release basis for students progressing from a relevant HNC.

What does this course lead to?

This course prepares graduates for a range of careers within a number of organisations, such as architectural and architectural technology practices, local authorities and building contractors.

The majority of our graduates find employment as architectural technologists within architectural practices, such as Bright Space Architects, ADAM Architecture, HPW, HGP Architects, Novum Architects, HNW architects and even as far afield as Spain and Australia. Some graduates work for local government, such as Hampshire County Council and Dorset County Council.

Who is this course for?

This architectural design and technology course is the ideal first step for those who want to attain chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists after graduation.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory:

Year 1: Drawing equipment, printing and model making material: £100
Year 2: Printing, model making and JCT contract: £150
Year 3: Printing, model making, dissertation printing and binding: £150
Personal Protection Equipment for site visits, e.g. safety boots, Hi Vis jacket, hard hat - cost can range from £50-£100 

Optional:

Year 1: Discretionary books, better quality folders, printing/binding: £150
Year 2: Discretionary books, better quality folders, printing/binding: £150
Year 3: Discretionary books, better quality folders, printing/binding: £150

We don’t anticipate any additional costs to exceed £500.

Optional study trips: £100 

Although the BREEAM Accredited Graduate course is free to study, students are required to pay for the course certificate if they are successful in achieving the qualification. As of 2016, the cost of the certificate is £30.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels in an relevant subject, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered, for more information on entry points.
  • Applications from mature students and non-standard applicants may also be considered – contact the admissions office for further information.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

Part-time entry

  • The part-time route recruits directly to year three of the five-year course, where an applicant is in possession of HNC/D in relevant subject, or equivalent.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

Part-time courses

Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing admissions@solent.ac.uk.

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Part-time attendance (based on 2020)

Year 3: Monday
Year 4: Tuesday
Year 5: Thursday

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing  admissions@solent.ac.uk.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Architectural Design Development
    In this module, you will learn the principles and processes of architectural design including opportunities and constraints to be considered when developing design briefs and outline proposals.
  • Construction Technology
    This module introduces you to the principles of construction technology focusing on low-rise, predominantly domestic-scale buildings.
  • Architectural Communication
    This module will enable you to learn standard architectural graphic conventions and techniques, developing the freehand and technical detailing skills which are at the core of the architectural profession
  • Architectural Design Realisation
    In this module you will be able to extend the creative design skills developed in previous modules into the next stage of the process: realisation of design concepts into technical interior and visual details according to your chosen discipline of study.
  • Building Law and Management
    The module provides an introduction to general legal practices and procedures – sources of law, e.g. English legal system, courts and legislation and contract law.
  • Science of Materials
    This module plays an important role in your learning it exposes you to the scientific principles of materials used in architecture, engineering and construction.

Year two

Core modules
  • Architectural Design
    This module provides you with the opportunity to apply the architectural design principles learned previously to a larger scale project and extend your architectural design skills to more complex projects.
  • Technical Design
    This module will enable you to produce advanced technical details building on the knowledge and skills gained from previous modules. Key to this module is developing a problem-solving approach to realise design into built form through the generation of detailed technical solutions.
  • Sustainable Refurbishment
    The module is designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required to identify refurbishment solutions to improve building performance, align it to future needs and produce reports and record drawings of buildings.
  • Advanced Construction Technology
    This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of the principles of construction technology gained at Level 4. It is designed to provide you with an understanding of the technology used in creating modern complex buildings.
  • Building Information Modelling
    Building Information Modelling is a module that concentrates on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their applications in the built environment.
  • Procurement and Project Management
    This module will expose you to the nitty-gritties involved in procuring and successfully managing a construction project.

Year three

Core modules
  • Sustainable Architectural Design
    This module provides you with the opportunity to explore the key issues associated with sustainability and innovation in the design, production and performance of buildings.
  • Sustainable Technical Design
    In this module, you will explore the key technical issues associated with sustainability and innovation in the design, production and performance of buildings.
  • Contracts Administration and Specifications
    The module is designed to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in production of information, specification writing and compilation, the administration of building contracts in line with professional requirements of the industry for the benefit of clients.
  • Professional Practice
    This module addresses the interface between the educational setting and professional practice in architectural technology. Core to this module is the concept of professional ethics and the Code of Conduct of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). 

Option

  • Final Major Project
    In this module you will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained from all modules studied previously. You will have with the opportunity to carry out independent research into a discipline-related topic.
  • Research Dissertation
    This module will enable you to find solutions to problems that you will encounter whilst working in various roles in future. You will select a topic of your choice to explore in-depth to find answers to the issues that we encounter in the industry.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Sarah Radif academic profile Sarah Radif Head of Subject View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Course Leader View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Alan Manley academic profile Alan Manley Senior Lecturer View profile
Margarita Montvilaite-Sinkeviciene academic profile Margarita Montvilaite-Sinkeviciene Lecturer View profile
Andy Dodson academic profile Andy Dodson Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Lecturer View profile
Rolla Monib academic profile Rolla Monib Lecturer View profile
Julie Staunton academic profile Julie Staunton Associate Lecturer View profile
Tom Wheatcroft academic profile Tom Wheatcroft Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Facilities available to students include AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Photoshop, Google SketchUp Pro, 3D printers and large format scanners. By using industry-standard hardware and software, Solent students can develop the specific skills required by the architectural technology industry such as sketching and computer-aided drawing – as well as transferable skills they can apply in other industries.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Ranked first for student satisfaction, and third for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2021 UK league tables (subject 'Architecture').

Your future

The course has a strong focus on student employability, balancing professional practice with design and technology studies in order to prepare students for a career in the industry. 

Graduates will be well prepared for careers within a range of organisations, including architectural and architectural technology practices, local authorities, housing associations and building contractors. Chartered architectural technologists play a key role in the construction industry, overseeing and supervising projects all the way from inception to completion. They can offer vital technical and innovative solutions to enable the realisation of building concepts, as well as working on BIM collaboration.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Architectural technologist
  • Technical manager
  • Building designer
  • BIM co-ordinator
  • Project manager
  • Commercial projects and public sector projects.
  • Studying architectural technology at Solent has been the most life changing experience. In a short space of time I gained a vast amount of knowledge, not only subject related but about myself, which has allowed me to progress into a working environment being heavily involved in a range of design and construction projects. After my degree I was able to secure a job at Corporate Architecture.

    Alfie Simons, Graduate

  • I found studying architectural technology at Solent University very challenging, interesting, creative and rewarding. The course put me in the perfect position as a candidate for employers and I found myself employed within a successful architectural company months after graduating. I now work within a strong team and deliver all new builds and extensions across the UK for Premier Inn.

    Dan Bolt, Graduate

  • Within a few weeks of completing the architectural technology course I had a job with an architectural practice, using key skills such as technical drawing and detailing, together with knowledge of current building regulations and construction methods. The course provided me with a wide range of skills and I quickly felt that I was a fully functioning member of the practice.

    Megan Dilloway, Graduate

Industry links

The teaching team have an extensive network of employer contacts in the architectural design, technology, and construction industries. This gives students the opportunity to network and build professional experience while they study. Students have worked on live briefs, case studies, and have had the opportunity to attend events organised by CIAT.

Contact includes formal and informal employer liaison meetings, professional body engagements and close employer involvement with student learning and assessment through providing live projects and commenting on students’ projects progress. This ensures the course remains up-to-date and gives students access to regular guest lectures, site visits, and technical talks.

The course has very strong links with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). The CIAT, together with the CIAT South East Region, normally award prizes at our end-of-year show.  The prestigious Building Research Establishment (BRE) Academy, and industry partners have also awarded prizes.

Gaining work experience is a key element of the course and students are encouraged to find work placements to build their skills in a real-life environment. Past students have found placements with companies such as Stride Treglown, LSH Architects, HPW, Simpson Hilder associates, BrightSpace Architects, and ADAM Architecture.

Placements

The team supports and encourages students to find work placements using the team’s contacts, as well as the school’s extensive database of employers.

This course has a strong focus on employability, and students are supported to gain work experience during their studies, with past students working at Adam Architecture, BrightSpace Architects, Simpson Hilder Associates, HPW, and Novum Architects.

Graduate stories

Daniel's story

Daniel Bolt - Associate Partner at Axiom Architects

What made you choose to study at Solent?
The main reason was because of my knowledge of the city having visited a number of times in the past. After attending an open day offered by the University I then knew I was making the right decision.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work? 
I'm now an Associate Partner for Axiom Architects, working on Premier Inn new builds and extensions across the south of the UK and London. 

What has been your biggest achievement in your work so far?
Being promoted to Associate Partner within the business and achieving my chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Is there anything else you would like to say?
Sarah Radif, the Head of Architecture and Design Practice, is very supportive and offers her help to all students of mixed abilities. She is the success of every student.

(Daniel graduated from this course in 2010. It was formerly known as BA (Hons) Architectural Technology.)

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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