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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 units in sustainable environmental design and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

In the 2017 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey our BA (Hons) Architectural Technology course ranked 6th out of 54 universities for overall satisfaction.

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.

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 built environment show, and in the past students have secured graduate employment as a result.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our built environment studio. 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 Spark building. 

Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Part time 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 wide range of organisations, these include 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 ADAM Architecture, HPW, Stride Treglown, RPA Group and even as far afield as Spain and Australia. Some graduates work for local government, such as Hampshire County Council and Dorset County Council.

Students have the opportunity to become a BREEAM accredited graduate, a qualification provided by Building Research Establishment (BRE) Academy and delivered free of charge.

Who is this course for?

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

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 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.

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

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.

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

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

This can be more if a student chooses in investing in more expensive items such as leather portfolio instead of a plastic one.

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

Southampton 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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 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.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels at grade D or above in an appropriate subject.
  • A BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D*, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered, for more information on entry points click here.
  • 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 International Foundation Year or Design Foundation Year

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.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.

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.


93%

of students overall, are satisfied with the quality of the course

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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.


Part-time and distance learning courses

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.

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Part-time attendance (based on 2016)

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

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Architectural Design Principles
  • Introduction to Architectural Technology
  • Science of the Built Environment
  • Construction and Sustainable Technology
  • Principles of Business Environment

Options

  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year two

Core units
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Procurement and Project Management
  • Innovative Technologies and Applications
  • Contract Administration and Specification
  • Application of Architectural Technology

Year three

Core units
  • Refurbishment and Building Surveying
  • Professional Practice
  • Sustainable Architecture and Innovation

Options

  • Research Project
  • Final-Year Project

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Key figures

8%

Written exams

81%

Assessment by coursework

11%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Sarah Radif academic profile Sarah Radif Head of Subject View profile
Verity Bird academic profile Verity Bird Senior Lecturer View profile
Peter Howard academic profile Peter Howard Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Senior Lecturer View profile
Ramesh Marasini academic profile Ramesh Marasini Senior Lecturer View profile
Steve Bralee academic profile Steve Bralee Lecturer View profile
Masoud Sajjadian Masoud Sajjadian Lecturer View profile
Patricia Kyle academic profile Patricia Kyle Associate Lecturer View profile
John Meech academic profile John Meech Associate Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technical Instructor 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.

Students work closely with the teaching team, and have the opportunity to receive one-to-one feedback in the majority of studio-based units.

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.

80%

of students go on to work and/or study

100%

of students are in a professional or managerial job
  • 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 Southampton 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 technology and construction industries, giving students the opportunity to network and build professional experience while they study – examples include live briefs, case studies and the opportunity to attend events organised by CIAT South East Region such as recent participation in CIAT 50th birthday celebration at Brighton Pavilion.

Contact includes formal and informal employer liaison meetings, professional body engagements and close employer involvement with student learning and assessment.

The course has very strong links with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), who normally award prizes at our end-of-year show. Furthermore Further the prestigious Building Research Establishment (BRE) Academy awarded two prizes at our 2014 end of year show.

Studies are enhanced by real case studies and guest speakers from relevant disciplines including CIAT South East’s regional councillor, the director of HPW, Capita’s community engagement manager and others, while our network of industry contacts also provides plenty of opportunities for work placements.

Placements

The team supports and encourages students to find work placements using the team’s personal 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 CAPITA, Stride Treglown and Lyon + Sleeman + Hoare.

Further study

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

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