Our accredited architectural technology course is where science meets design. Architectural technologists practise the science of architecture and specialise in the technical aspects of the design, construction and performance of buildings.
Using the latest design software, you will be equipped with the knowledge, technical skills and practical experience needed for this dynamic industry.
We give graduates the tools to build a successful career, working with companies such as Benevides and Mott MacDonald.
If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.
Our course focuses not only on the creation of the built environment, but also on the structuring of space in and around it. You'll cover every aspect of architectural design and technology, from reading drawings to producing surveys and understanding sustainable development.
The course matches the need for a functional, high-quality design with the regulatory, technical, sustainable and other influences that underpin it.
With our outstanding industry links, you'll work on live projects, using the very latest technology and techniques. You will learn how to construct designs using CAD in a three-dimensional format. You'll also be kept up-to-date with the latest skills, such as Building Information Modelling.
We help you gain the skills to negotiate with planning and building authorities and develop the expertise to advise them. You will also investigate project and contract management.
Our excellent relationships with employers open up a range of opportunities for work placements. You'll gain first-hand experience of the work of architectural technologists while making valuable professional contacts.
With the support of experienced staff, you'll use facilities that reflect the work environment you'll enter after graduation.
Studying at our expanding City Centre Campus, you'll be immersed in a creative environment with the chance to be inspired by the urban architecture of Birmingham.
The city plays host to regular festivals that celebrate architecture, including the Birmingham Architecture Festival, RIBA West Midlands' Love Architecture Festival and Still Walking.
Regular field trips to construction projects throughout the Midlands will add further colour and relevance to your studies as you gain inspiration from a variety of landscapes and settings.
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 11 June 2016. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
Joining us in September 2016? You can receive a scholarship of up to £9,500 from Birmingham City Council. Apply by 27 May.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at Merit or Distinction|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM - 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||30 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 UCAS points - Highers|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||280 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
|Typical EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2016/17|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||30 points
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.
This will provide you with more information about the Faculty and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2016/17 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:
300 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above)
be predicted DDM profile at BTEC level
You will also be required to attend an interview.
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||FT||3 years||£9,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||SW||4 years||£9,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||PT||5 years||£1,125 per 15 credit module|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2016||FT||3 years||£12,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Our first year provides an introduction to all aspects of architectural design to help you develop a broad understanding.
You'll look at professional examples, residential construction, environmental and materials science, design and surveying skills and law for designers. You'll also undertake your first professional practice project, with staff acting as clients.
Professional Practice Project 1
Design and Surveying Skills
Environmental and Material Science
Law for Designers
Your second year gives you the chance to work on a project for a commercial building.
You'll also look at advanced design and surveying skills and commercial and industrial technology.
Professional Practice Project 2
Pre and Post Contract Procedures
Design Practice and Procedures
Advanced Design and Surveying Skills 2
Commercial and Industrial Technology 1
Advanced Design and Surveying Skills 2
Commercial and Industrial Technology 2
Your final year looks at research into practice and design practice. You'll undertake a project, enabling you work on a mixed use student residence and retail environment with an environmentally friendly café. The inter-professional project is a final year module in which you apply the skills you have developed over your course to a live project for an industry client.
Architectural technology graduate Nilesh Pankhania gained recognition for his final year work when he won a Birmingham City Council excellence award for best design project dissertation. "This award and recognition of my work has added further significance to my degree qualification,” he said.
Inter Professional Project
Research Into Practice
Honours Research Project (Design Study)
Design Practice and Implementation 1
Design Practice and Implementation 2
You'll gain hands-on experience throughout your course and be assessed through coursework, presentations, reports and examinations.
Part-time students are on the HNC route for two years and after successful completion, students will join the level 5 undergraduate programme.
The programme is normally available on a full-time, sandwich, or part-time basis, over three, four and five years respectively. Students may, in certain circumstances, move between full and part-time modes of attendance.
|35||Time in lectures, seminars and similar||MidnightBlue|
|65||Time in independent study||RoyalBlue|
Find out about BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology from current students at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Birmingham City University.
We provide industry relevant skills and good links with companies. Our accreditations from these bodies show employers that students graduating from our course have the levels of knowledge and skills they need.
The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) represents professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology and is internationally recognised. CIAT qualifies Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT and professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.
As a membership based organisation, CIAT is owned by and operated on behalf of its members with a growing network of members who are based around the globe. This network is open to all members creating a huge resource and knowledge base.
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
The School of Engineering and the Built Environment offers opportunities for further study and research after graduation. There are a range of exciting postgraduate courses to develop your skills further.
You'll be able to take part in a week-long trip to Paris, taking in different buildings, both new and old, as well as construction site visits.
There are also walking tours around Birmingham itself to take in the city's own diverse architecture.
When you study with us you'll learn all the key aspects of architectural technology to help you build your career, with a strong focus on industry standard techniques and equipment.
You'll understand the construction technology that relates to a wide range of building and civil engineering projects and be confident using the latest landscape design software, CAD (Computer Aided Design) and surveying equipment.
By working on live briefs you'll learn how to generate a range of potential ideas and develop these to further your skills and benefit employers.
With the advantage of a construction site right on our doorstep as the University grows, students and graduates have benefited from placements and hands-on experience. The opportunities with companies such as Birmingham-based Willmott Dixon, the UK's leading independent construction and property company, have increased confidence, ability and skills.
Throughout your course, you'll develop a range of transferable skills from communicating ideas and solving problems to presenting information and developing negotiation and planning skills. We enable you to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Architectural technologists may find employment as private practitioners, as partners with architects in local or central government, in education, with building and manufacturing companies or in research.
Our students’ employability is greatly enhanced by the exciting range of placements we offer – from short internships to year-long placements.
Students have undertaken placements as far away as New York, Canada and the Middle East – although there are great opportunities closer to home with companies such as Balfour Beattie.
Opportunities on construction sites next to campus have been extremely rewarding.
Architectural technology graduate Rafal Daszczyszak, who secured a role as a graduate intern with Willmott Dixon, said: "My CV is much more enhanced by doing this job. My skills and knowledge are really desirable in the job market so it's a really good opportunity for me."
Building Surveying graduate Jessica Van Rensberg secured a placement with Willmott Dixon. “It was extremely rewarding, I gained lots of experience,” she said. “I learned how a commercial construction site is run and gained experience with sub contractors on how to engage with people on a day to day basis.”
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Our architectural technology degree provides a platform for many architecture and design-related careers.
Graduates find that their industry-standard skills are in demand. Architectural technologists may find employment as private practitioners, as partners with architects in local or central government, in education, with building and manufacturing companies or in research.
Our graduates have gained roles such as graduate landscape architects, designers and architectural technologists with prestigious firms such as Cumming Anderton Architects, Barnes Design, Benevides, Associate Architects and Mott MacDonald.
An innovative collaboration with Birmingham City Council's Urban Design team gives you the opportunity to can gain work experience, work on research projects, develop technical skills, as well as win excellence awards and contribute to projects influencing future council policy.
The inter-professional project is a final year module in which you work on a live project for an industry client. Our students' recommendations have informed council policy and the design of high-profile developments, kick-starting successful careers.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Our subject area is particularly popular with students from the Far East and Africa. They are attracted by our practical teaching, using the very latest design software which gives them a head-start in industry.
Some students return home after graduation but others make the UK their home and build a successful career here.
Erika Parn, from Finland, was looking for a city based course and ended up staying in Birmingham, working for the School. She said: "You get good feedback from lecturers and a lot of support. The city is changing a lot and constantly improving, which is why I'm still here."
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.
We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:
Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.
You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.
Our staff have professional experience and continue to work with, and be respected by, industry.
Paul is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment and Course Director for BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology.
Paul was originally a site manager. He moved into design management and from there became an Architectural Technologist. He taught at Northumbria University and then moved back into industry as a developer, before returning to education at Birmingham City University in 2005.