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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Architectural Design Technology (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: 28L4

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

48 UCAS Tariff points

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


48 UCAS Tariff points

48 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff


Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed. The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

About this course

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Full-time | 2020


Architectural technology

Our Architectural Design Technology degree explores how design and technology work together, giving you a practical working knowledge of both areas - crucial to successful conception, evaluation, design, construction and eventual use of buildings and built environment schemes. Your projects can be based on local projects, will include real schemes with real clients, as well as involvement with European partners. (Check out one of our real schemes in the Career Prospects tab below)

You will develop knowledge of how designs evolve from the initial idea to the construction stage, and beyond. This will include the implications of your choices of structure and materials in order to lead the way with cutting-edge design solutions for all scenarios. You will do this within a learning environment where your design experience is personal and focused on you developing your skills, discovering new ones, and becoming a confident and convincing Architectural Technologist.

The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) the professional body you will join as students, be eligible for Associate Membership (ACIAT) on graduation, and can progress to full Chartered status with appropriate experience. Being a Chartered Architectural Technologists will give you all the same powers as an Architect but in considerably less time.

Our students have a great track record of gaining relevant architectural employment during their second and third years of study, through our acting as a source for local and regional employment advertising, and the delivery of our full-time course over 2 days during term time (1 day for part-time). Being able to hit the ground running thanks to the course and how we deliver is a means of potentially accelerating your path to Chartered status.

This course is also available to study as a three-year programme without a foundation year BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology UCAS Code: K100

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The course is structured around design module projects present in every year, increasing in complexity from the domestic to the urban development scale, with the integration of Computer Aided Design and construction technology modules in particular informing the design process.

You will be assisted, in the Design Studio, in applying the concurrent knowledge gained in the other modules you study in the same year to your designs. For example the domestic construction technology you study in Year 1 will help you develop your own designs for shelters and houses in the design module you’ll complete in that year.
You will continue this process in Years 2 and 3 as well by developing your cumulative knowledge across the all the years so by the time you get to the final design project in your third year, you’ll be applying specialisms from across your whole time as a student.


In the Foundation Year you will study learning styles and methods, show your awareness of current affairs and reinforce your ability to work with quantities and materials. Other modules will introduce sketching and drawing, awareness of the built and natural environment and group work on projects relating to the built environment.

You will be expected to attend lectures on two days each week and then do your reading and assignment writing on other days. Each of two semesters will have up to 14 weeks of teaching.


Graphical Communication in the Built Environment
Number in the Built Environment
Sustainability and the Environment
Built Enviroment Project
The Skills You Need
Contextual Studies


At Level 4 studies are introductory and broad. For example, Construction Technology 1, will explore construction at a domestic level and supplies the technical knowledge which directly underpins the Architectural Design & Technology 1 module. The design module, progressed through a series of domestic scaled projects, also incorporates a significant amount of dimensional surveying, and traditional drawing and model making techniques, enabling the exploration of three dimensional forms.


Architectural Design & Technology 1
Construction Technology 1
Computer Aided Design
Site Appraisal
Sustainable Development
Academic and Professional Development


At Level 5 the Architectural Design & Technology 2 module is centred on the development of a non-domestic building and other projects, undertaken individually and in groups, which examine alternative environmental strategies and explore the influence of existing buildings on the environment. Project development is subject to a rigorous series of tutorials and peer group critiques. The technological theme is broadened to encompass Architectural Structures as well as deepened by the Construction Technology 2 module which focuses on commercial buildings.


Architectural Design & Technology 2
Architectural Structures
Construction Technology 2
Planning and Building Control
Development Management


The core of the Level 6 work is centred on the main individual and group projects in Architectural Design & Technology 3 which contains the research and analytical elements associated with a dissertation. The intention at this level is to widen the student’s awareness of the increasing complexity of the design process and its integration with more complex technology through the Construction Technology 3 module, which explores modern methods of construction.


Architectural Design & Technology 3
Construction Technology 3
Inter-Professional Studies
Health & Safety
Urban Renewal

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Foundation year assessment will be by a variety of methods including presentations, portfolio of observations, worksheets and written work. The Glyndwr Virtual Learning Environment will support your learning and will be a repository of learning materials. The overall strategy for the Built Environment as a whole is to ensure that assessment: provides the opportunity for learners to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes at each level of study; allows learners to demonstrate achievement at the threshold and exemplary levels; reflects the requirements of practice; increases employability; is sufficiently varied in order to accommodate different learning styles; and provides opportunities for diagnostic, formative and summative feedback. Your work will include design presentations, group and individual presentations relating to non-design modules, the creation of portfolios, essays and technical reports as well as practical assessments relating to surveying etc. All your work is assessed by these methods and there are no examinations; something we were congratulated on by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists who view practical assessments as a far better learning method for Architectural Technologists. Therefore methods of assessment have an emphasis on practical tasks based on the simulation of ‘real life’ situations to prepare you for the working world, and gain abilities valued by potential employers. Wrexham Glynd?r University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. With all assessments you will be fully supported by the teaching team; including assigning you a personal tutor you can speak to about any issues you have during your time on the course. Work is undertaken both individually and in groups. You will be encouraged to think independently, critically and logically to effectively communicate appropriate design solutions. The course aims to inspire professionalism, design flair, technological competence and originality.

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Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.

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