BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
Why study Architectural Technology at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
- Opportunity to undertake a year's industrial placement or study abroad
- Opportunity to participate in collaborative interdisciplinary projects
- £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career, or to further study
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
About your course
Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture — it’s all about creating and understanding design and turning ideas into reality.
There are no travel costs for day site visits. Optional residential study visits in the UK and abroad will have costs involved. Locations of such visits may be subject to change.
The BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology could be the start of your career as an Architectural Technologist. The course is structured to enable you to develop specialist knowledge in building design, project preparation, construction technology, performance of buildings, contracts and professional practice. You will be given the opportunity to develop expertise in the preparation of architectural drawings using both manual drawing techniques and Computer Aided Design packages, including Revit. You will be given realistic technical design projects that enable you to develop your skills with projects becoming increasingly challenging and varied as you progress through the course.
Architectural Technologists lead the technological design of a project; forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation. They specialise in design, underpinned by building science, engineering and technology applied to architecture within projects, playing a pivotal role in project and design management. They need specialist knowledge of building design, construction technology, sustainable technology, planning control, building regulations and professional practice. They apply their skills within research, academia, manufacturing and processing industries, housing, health and government agencies and work collaboratively with other professionals in the built environment sector. This course will provide an understanding of all these aspects and will enable you to apply this knowledge to relevant design projects at all levels.
The programme provides an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) allowing architectural technology students to work on industry standard software in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Links with industry mean that you will have opportunities to meet architectural technologists and other professionals working in the construction industry through guest lectures and site visits. There are opportunities to undertake a placement year in the sector where you can apply what you have learnt at LJMU out in the workplace before returning to University to complete the course. There are also opportunities to study at an approved overseas partner college that will complement your programme at LJMU.
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
This course is accredited by CIAT, which is the global membership qualifying body for Architectural Technology. It's a membership organisation representing 10,000 members practising and studying in the discipline who wish to be professionally recognised.
CIAT accreditation implies that the course has been assessed in terms of content, structure, resources and has met the Institute's requirements. Studying on a CIAT Accredited course makes you part of a worldwide network of professionals and supports you in progressing to Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) status.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Do you want a varied professional career with many challenges and good employment prospects? If so then becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist may be the career for you.
Chartered Architectural Technologists lead the technological design within architecture between concept, innovation and reality. You can set up your own practice, provide a full architectural design service and lead projects of all shapes and sizes from start to finish from new homes and hotels to shopping centres and sports stadia.
You will play a pivotal role in the construction process and be complementary to other Chartered disciplines in the built environment sector
The most likely route for new graduates is to secure employment with an architectural practice or construction company to gain experience in the design process and to use technical knowledge and skills acquired at University to provide innovative solutions. You may be involved in various aspects including:
- Preparing and presenting design proposals using CAD/Revit techniques and traditional methodsLeading the detailed design process and co-ordinating detailed design information
- Managing and co-ordinating the design team and associated professional consultants
- Developing the project design, researching problems and producing, developing and advising upon innovative solutions
- Producing, analysing and advising upon specification, materials selection and detailed design solutions in relation to performance and production criteria
- Liaising with and producing documentation for statutory approval authorities
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
During level 4, students gain basic knowledge and theory of the architectural technology discipline. They gain an introduction to architectural technology in practice, with an emphasis on developing initial skills in the production of architectural drawings, via traditional manual draughting techniques and via computer aided design. Students will study key themes in construction technology, environmental science and materials, and architectural design and specification. Students will participate in a collaborative interdisciplinary project, and will become skilled in academic and digital literacy.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
During level 5, students develop understanding of the regulatory requirements for construction projects and produce architectural drawings for a building refurbishment project. They are introduced to the notion of the architectural technologist as an entrepreneur in property development and will learn about procurement and contracts. Students' progress and enhance their practical IT skills through project work, and involvement in a collaborative interdisciplinary project with a focus on building information modelling (BIM). Students are also introduced to research methods skills as preparation for their final year research project.
During level 6, students focus on key concepts around strategic design and technical detailing appropriate for the architectural technology discipline. This is achieved by a major comprehensive design project for a complex building, for example a school. The project culminates in an end of year presentation, critical review and end-of-year show with students presenting their work to industry experts. During the final year students undertake research as part of a student-led investigation into a specific aspect, and students will learn about professional practice, and the role of the professional body.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Construction Technology 1
This module introduces you to construction techniques associated with domestic dwellings including building regulations and building services. It develops your understanding of the performance of buildings and the influence of materials and workmanship specification on performance.
Science and Materials
This module provides you with a sound basic understanding of the principal materials used in construction and the scientific principles related to environmental services within buildings. Alongside this you will be encouraged to apply appropriate analytical methods to investigate scientific problems related to environmental conditions and processes in buildings.
Passive Design and Specification
This module introduce fundamental concepts concerning passive building design with particular reference to dwellings. To introduce students to specification of materials for building projects.
Architectural Design Studio 2
This module aims to develop an understanding of the residential design process informed by regulations, technical requirements and inclusive design principles. To use digital software to produce 2D and 3D architectural drawings.
Architectural Design Studio 1
This module provides students with a practical introduction to architectural technology including the preparation and presentation of scaled architectural drawings based on a residential design.
Digital Design and Technology
This module aims to enable students to develop academic and digital literacy skills to perform effectively on the architectural technology degree programme. To develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the application of digital technologies that are impacting architectural technology and the built environment.
Construction Technology 2
This module provides an advanced knowledge of construction technology through more complex building types and systems. You will be able to explore construction technology through more analytical methods to enable you to evaluate the relative merits of the various construction forms in any given situation. The module will also introduce you to the technology of building services installations for commercial and industrial buildings.
Procurement and Contracts
The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of contract management, administration and the influence of procuring suppliers and specialists to optimise contract performance. This module helps appreciate the complexities of managing and administrating contracts within the property and construction industry. It focuses on the administration and management of contracts, as well as exploring the different procurement strategies organisations may have.
Building Refurbishment and Design
This module will demonstrate awareness of a range of factors affecting a building project and to produce detailed design documentation. The aim of this module is to further develop fundamental skills in the preparation and production of architectural drawings for a building refurbishment project and will enables you to further develop fundamental skills in the preparation and production of architectural drawings for a building project, with a focus on building refurbishment.
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the property development process and develops professional and personal skills associated with entrepreneurialism from the perspective of the chartered architectural technologist.
Sustainable Architectural Technology
The aim of this module is to provide knowledge, awareness and application of building regulations, environmental standards and codes of practice appropriate to the discipline of architectural technology. This module provides you with knowledge, awareness and application of statutory controls, environmental design factors and develops understanding of specifying sustainable technologies.
Sustainable Buildings Project
This module aims to enable students to work on a group project that enables the integration and development of a range of professional skills in the context of sustainable building design, maintenance and management.
Advanced Architectural Design
The aim of this module is to enable you to work on a complex project that enables the integration and development of a range of professional skills in the context of sustainable and inclusive building design. You will be able to produce advanced level graphical and written information to communicate design ideas effectively. This module will require you to work on a complex project that enables the integration and development of a range of professional skills in the context of sustainable and inclusive building design.
Architectural Technology Professional Practice
The aim of this module is to develop an awareness of the context and factors that inform and influence the practice of architectural technology nationally and internationally. This module develops an awareness of current topics, practices and professional ethics which inform the discipline of architectural technology.
Advanced Detailed Design
This module aims to apply and integrate core architectural technology skills to translate concept design scheme into a detailed building design.
Architectural Technology Dissertation
This module aims to enable students to complete a substantial piece of individual work and build on their expertise in a selected area of study related to the discipline of Architectural Technology To develop students' research, time management, presentation and written communication skills.
Design Management and BIM
This module aims to enable students to understand, appraise and analyse the complexities of designing and refurbishing buildings by exploring a project’s objectives and aspirations from the client’s perspective. To gain a strategic appreciation of how to manage files and documents within the construction and Common Data Environment Setting (BIM360).
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
You can expect on average 15 hours of direct contact time per week at Levels 4 and 5 which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials, online activities and workshops in either the design studio or IT room. In addition you should spend around 35 hours per week in private study which may be at home or in the library.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
If you decide to take up a third year work placement, there is plenty of support available from the Built Environment Industry Unit, both in finding and securing the placement, and during the year when one of your tutors will visit you in your workplace to check on your progress.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews, etc), and presentations (individual and group).
Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 104
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- T Level requirements: 104 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Pleasecontact the Faculty for further information.
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications.
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: 104 points (DMM) is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: 104 UCAS tariff points
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 104 UCAS tariff points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
OCR Cambridge Technicals
- Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in a relevant subject will be considered for direct entry into Level 5.
Reduced Offer Scheme
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you! International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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