Why study architectural design and technology part-time
Build your architectural career with a professionally accredited degree that delivers industry specific skills and experience.
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For the first two years of the course students will study the HNC Architectural Technology modules part-time. Upon successful completion of the HNC, students are eligible to move on to study the BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology undergraduate degree for the final three years, on a part-time basis.
The combination of the HNC modules, followed by the BA (Hons) modules, gives those already working in the industry the opportunity to build on their existing experience and gain a degree qualification.
The entire programme 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) in years four and five.
Taught by a dedicated and well-qualified team, the programme is highly regarded by local employers and the degree element of the 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 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.
Our graduates also regularly win top industry awards, including the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists' (CIAT) 2022 AT awards where recent graduate, Ian Westhead was awarded the Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology Project.
Our creative degrees allow our students to develop a critical eye for design with a knowledge of different design approaches and problem solving techniques. Take a look at some of the great work they produce.
This course has been accredited by a professional body
This course has access to specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at those already in the construction industry, and who wish to study part-time while they work. It provides the ideal opportunity for those in junior architectural roles, or those who have been out of education for a while to broaden their knowledge of architectural design and technology while gaining a degree qualification. It is also the ideal first step for those who want to attain chartered status with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists after graduation.
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, Noviun 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.
Meet the team
Head of Architecture, Design and Built Environment
Surya Nath Ghimire
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 available to students include AutoCAD, Revit, 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.
Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.
What you'll study
This module introduces you to the principles of construction technology focusing on low-rise, predominantly domestic-scale buildings.
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.
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.
How you will learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Design based portfolios
- Digital portfolios
- Research projects
- Research reports
- Individual presentations
Solent’s curriculum framework builds on our unique, creative and applied approach to teaching. The transformation of students’ lives is at the heart of our mission as a university, and our curriculum – informed by the latest theory – reflects this shared educational vision.Find out more
The student achievement team are on hand to help you succeed during your studies at Solent. They aim to contact you at key times during your time here with personalised information, advice and guidance, by email or phone.
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All students can access Succeed@Solent, Solent's online guide to getting better grades. It offers extensive, practical information and advice on topics such as academic writing, research and presentations.
Why choose the industry?
From the London skyline to Southampton’s own major development projects, you only need to look around to see how architecture in the UK is ever-evolving. Innovative buildings such as the Shard and the Gherkin, projects such as the Battersea Power Station development, and plans for the tallest residential building in the UK at South Quay Plaza reveal a flourishing industry – and an ever-increasing need for talented graduates with the right blend of technical skills and architectural vision.
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.
The tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are:
- UK, EU (settled status) 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.
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course 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 email@example.com.
The 2024/25 other costs are:
Drawing equipment, printing and model making material: £150
Study trips: £50
Printing, model making and JCT contract: £150
Study trips: £50
Printing, model making, dissertation printing and binding: £150
Study trips: £50
Personal protection equipment for site visits, eg, safety boots, hi-vis jacket, hard hat - cost can range from £50-£100
Headset, microphone: up to £100
Discretionary books, better quality folders, printing/binding: £150 per year
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. The cost of the certificate is £30.
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
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.
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 is currently £15. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements
16 points minimum from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards
- or BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ
- or National Certificate Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline
- or relevant Access course
- or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above.
- For further information about UK qualifications, please contact admissions.
Entry requirements are based on those for the HNC Architectural Technology course, which forms the first two years of this programme. Upon successful completion of the HNC, students will be eligible to move on to the BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology part-time course for the final three years.
Attendance on campus is approximately one day per week, 9am to 5pm.
It is desirable, although not mandatory, for applying students to be employed within the construction industry. Students will need to have a supporting reference as part of their application.
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Key entry requirements
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
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 31 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.
Solent endeavours to offer learning opportunities to students from all backgrounds. When we receive and review an application, we take into consideration the context and personal circumstances of applicants when making a decision, which means our advertised entry tariff could be reduced.
Alternative entry options
- 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.
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
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 - 115 overall with minimum of 95 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.
We will prepare you for your future
Suitable roles for graduates include:
- Architectural technologist
- Technical manager
- Building designer
- BIM co-ordinator
- Project manager
- Commercial projects and public sector projects
We will help you start your career
The Solent Futures team is committed to getting students into great careers.
While you are studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance.
If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.
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