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Foundation Degree In Architectural Technology

Course Code: C5112
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
08 Jun 19
Time: 09:00-16:30
Day of Week: N/A

Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology is a two year, full time course.  Architectural technology focuses on the technical aspects of building design and construction. This includes the need for an innovative and sustainable design approach in terms of environment, economic and social impacts. Architectural technologists develop the conceptual design through to construction ensuring buildings are well design and detailed, whilst functional and energy efficient. Validated by Ulster University, the course is designed for people who are interested in a career in architectural technology, who require a foundation degree to progress to higher academic qualifications and/or to enhance employment prospects. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, practical and written examination and includes a six month work placement period in the second year of the course. Modules covered include: Architectural Technology; Architectural Design Project; 2D CADD; BIM Basics; Mathematics; Structures; Materials and Comfort; Construction Technology; Design Principles and Management; BIM Applications; Law and Contracts; Economics and Estimating; Supervised Work Based Learning (Placement).

Career Opportunities / Progression

Progression is by articulation to the second year of the Ulster University’s BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Management, with a further two years of study required.  Within Ulster University alternative routes may include, BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying.  Alternatively, you can undertake further study for a degree in another construction-related discipline or progress to employment in the construction industry.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the programme are:

1. A minimum tariff of 64 UCAS points to include at least one specified subject at Grade D or above at GCE/VCE A Level from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Technology, Engineering, Technology and Design or Art and Design; together with a minimum of five passes at GCSE Grade C or above, which must include English Language and Mathematics.
2. A BTEC National Diploma or Advanced GNVQ in a vocational area relevant to Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Art or Construction discipline with good standing including distinctions and merits in most units.
3. Good performance in subject related Access course.
4. Another qualification deemed to be appropriate by the admissions tutor.
5. Evidence of an ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning.


Tuition Fee


Fees relate to year 1 of this 2 year course.  Over and above the tuition fees, you may incur extra costs associated with your studies, which you will need to plan for. As part of your studies the college will arrange and facilitate site visits and study trips.  Where possible the Department will seek to subsidise costs, however there will be a contribution from the students, of approximately £25 per year. 
For Mathematics & Structures and Environmental Science & Materials a scientific calculator will be required (approximately £12). 
There will be some additional costs to being a design student such as the need to purchase equipment for manual drawing in modules such as Architectural Graphics & Project, Sustainable Construction and Architectural Technology.  This will include items such as A4/A3 sketch pad(s), pencils, rubber, drawing pens, scale ruler(s) and adjustable set square. Approximate cost of these items £130.  Printing and binding will also be required.
You may also choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software.  Computer Aided Design software used on the course is available as free student copies from supplies websites.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Other Information


Contact Information

Andrew Hamilton, tel: 028 9026 5382 or email: [email protected]