BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology (Design and Construction Management Degree Apprenticeship)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time; Day release

Overview

Architectural Technologists are enlisted on architectural projects to translate a designer’s intentions into feasible development proposals. They are specialists in analysing the requirements and challenges of a construction project and applying the best fit technology, materials and processes. A fully qualified Chartered Architectural Technologist is qualified to manage construction projects from design through to build.

This course prepares students with design, technical and management skills, and teaches them to apply scientific principles and practical knowledge in constructing buildings to meet building performance criteria. Students gain a sound understanding of advanced computer technology in 3D Computer Aided Design and visualisation in the production of design details, and knowledge of administering contracts and projects in fulfilling client and current regulation needs.

The BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology aims to:

  1. Produce graduates who are committed to a career in architectural technology.
  2. Produce graduates equipped to take up responsible professional employment in the architectural design industry and become lifelong learners with an appreciation of the value to society of an education in architectural technology.
  3. Produce graduates who have a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of the scientific, technological and organisational principles of technical design problems in architecture.
  4. Allow graduates to acquire and develop analytical and problem-solving skills, and subject-specific skills. To acquire and develop the ability to evaluate evidence, arguments, and assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and communicate effectively.
  5. To develop graduates who approach design problems creatively and who have the technical skills to see their ideas through to realisation.
  6. Provide an opportunity to those in full-time employment to study towards a degree in Architectural Technology on a part-time basis.
  7. To create a unique educational environment that seeks to benefit from the practical experience of mature and part-time students.
  8. Provide an education centred within the Built Environment that recognises the important roles of other professions in the development of the Built Environment and cultivates interaction and teamwork with these other professionals.

Why Architectural Technology at LSBU?

Ranked 3rd amongst London Modern competitors for Overall Score in Architecture (Complete University Guide 2021).
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Students will have the opportunity to learn and work with students from other disciplines, and to develop team-working skills as well as working as a practitioner.

The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines (PDF File 736 KB)
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance (PDF File 737 KB)

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
3 years + EPA
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The course is delivered on a semester pattern at LSBU, each semester being 15 weeks in duration. Students study six modules at each level.

The course is three years, part-time, taught one day per week over six semesters, two or three modules being taught in each semester.

Level 5

  • Theory of architectural design and conservation
    This module is an in-depth review of key aspects of architecture theory, modern design and conservation through the study of selected British case studies.
  • Property inspection, repair and maintenance
    This module focuses on the range of techniques used by building surveying professionals in the undertaking of different types of surveys on commercial and large residential properties. It also focuses on the development of planned maintenance programmes and reviews financial controls and planned roll-out programmes of work, facility and asset management, building and fire safety legislation, post occupancy legislation incl. the Party Wall etc Act.
  • Construction contract law
    This module examines the various types of construction contracts, including families of standard construction contracts, and the common law and legislation and administrative procedures which govern them. It provides a working knowledge and understanding of construction contract legal problems, and related applicable law, such as non-contractual liabilities. It examines when a dispute arises in legal terms, and how dispute resolution methods may be employed to resolve problems and disputes.
  • Measurement, cost planning and tender process
    This module is designed to provide you with an overview of cost control of construction projects. It introduces basic measurement and documentation and sets these skills in the tender and contract formation process. Basic analytical and approximate estimating skills and procedures are also covered.
  • CAD and Building Information Modelling
    This module introduces the concepts of Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the development of architectural 3D models on industry standard parametric CAD systems. The module covers the practical competence of architectural modelling and provides exposure on co-ordinating building information models.
  • Architectural design procedures
    This is an individual architectural design project embracing design studio and technology studio against a defined brief.

Level 6

  • Research project
    This module applies research method skills on a project-based, applied research topic chosen by you, which includes two main phases: an initial research project proposal submitted for approval and the preparation of the full research project at the end of the module.
  • Contract practice and administration (non QS)
    This module provides the knowledge necessary for the execution of the contractual duties of the quantity surveyor and commercial manager in contracting and development companies, consultancy practice, public service and private corporations. It's designed to build on and apply knowledge obtained from a study of construction law. The module is an introduction to the period of professional training necessary to qualify as a professional and covers key areas of practice.
  • Sustainable construction and the environment
    This module looks at the increasing important role of energy and environmental factors that are increasingly impacting on buildings, their use, and their occupants.
  • Architectural design project
    This module will require you to develop an architectural design project embracing design studio and technology studio against a defined brief.
  • Architectural design and technology
    This module provides the elements of design and technology research in preparation for the architectural design project in the second semester.
  • Architectural practice management
    This module looks at the role of managing an architectural practice, the forms of ownership, managing human resources, sources of finance, budget and accounting, marketing, and leading project work.

Employability

On successful completion, students would be eligible (subject to grades) to progress onto a range of postgraduate courses within the division.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

A successful apprentice will be eligible for membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), or equivalent professional body.  They can then work towards professional registration at Chartered level.

Staff teaching on the course have a vast array of experience coming from a variety of academic and industry related backgrounds with many having close links with the professional bodies associated with these subject areas.

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists logo
The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is an internationally-recognised organisation representing professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology, and offering chartered status to its growing network of members based around the globe.
Chartered Institute of Builders logo
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) focuses on those entering and already in a management career in construction. It delivers qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry.

Teaching and learning

The course will be a mixture of lecture, tutorials and practical based exercises and will be assessed by a wide variety of methods including, written coursework, presentations, projects and multiple choice examinations.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who they will normally meet with once per semester. As an apprentice they will also be allocated a Skills Assessor who will be ensuring that regular progress reviews take place and that they are on track for completion of the apprenticeship.

Staff

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications.

  • HNC in related subject with merit grade or;
  • Level 4 Apprenticeship in relevant subject or equivalent level 4 qualification
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent

On application we will also ask applicants to complete a skills scan against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the apprenticeship standard to assess eligibility for funding.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
3 years + EPA
Start date
September
Application code
4951
Application method

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Temple, M.(2004) Studying the Built Environment. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Parker, D. (1994) Tackling coursework: assignments, projects, reports and presentations. London: Letts Educational
  • Domone, P. & Illston, J., 2010: Construction Materials. Their Nature and Behaviour
  • Using Light Steel Framing:  Design of Residential Buildings
  • Seward, D., 2009: Understanding Structures(4th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Taylor, G.D., 2000: Materials of Construction (3rd Ed), Longman
  • Bradney, A., Cownie F., Masson J., Neal A.C., Newell D., (2010) How to Study Law (6th edn.) Thompson, Sweet & Maxwell, London.
  • Coyle, D., (2004) Sex, Drugs and Economics, an Unconventional
  • Introduction to Economics, Thomson, Australia, New York.
  • Mankiw, N.G., and Taylor, M. P., (2010), Economics, Thomson, London.
  • Turner C., and Hodge S., (2010) Unlocking Torts (2nd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • Turner C., (2010) Unlocking Contract Law (3rd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • McMullan R, Environmental Science in Building, Macmillan, 6th Edn, 2007
  • Hall F and Greeno R, Building Services Handbook, Butterworth Heinemann, 5th Edition, 2009
  • Irvine, W, Surveying For Construction 8th Edition McGraw Hill, 2008
  • Uren and Price, Surveying For Engineers(5th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Brookes, A.J. & Meijs, M., Cladding of Buildings, 2007
  • Eisele, J. & Klaft, E. (Eds.), High Rise Manual:  Typology and Design, Construction and Technology, 2003
  • Reichel, A., Ackermann, P., Hentschel, A. & Hachberg, A., Building with Steel: Details, Principles, Examples, 2007

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 160 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.