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BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the architectural design process, and opportunity to acquire the necessary skills required to become a professional architectural technologist. By the time you graduate you will be able to design and create the building blueprints using the latest and key industry software, making you a key candidate for employers.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience. 

Why study this subject?

If you find yourself admiring the world around you, noticing the aesthetic and small details of a building then this course may be perfect for you.

Use your love of Architecture and problem-solving attitude to bring your ideas to life and change the future of architecture. Design dream builds whilst ensuring ethical and social issues are addressed, your role can influence the blueprints of our future.

Architectural Technology Student

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

With a wealth of expertise from within our network of lecturing staff, guest speakers, and alumni, their track record of success in the architectural technology industry will feed into your teaching and learning experience.

You’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including in our CAD/CAM labs, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role.

Learning continues beyond the classroom; With London only a short train journey away, we are perfectly placed for you to discover some beautiful Architectural buildings. It also means we can bring in industry professionals to run a range of masterclasses, as well as enabling you to get the opportunity to work on a series of live briefs for real clients in our well-equipped studios.

Delivered through lectures, tutorials and studio-based work, each of the modules you study will help to build your identity as an architectural technologist. You will also work closely with other students across a range of disciplines allowing you to experience the professional structures you will be a part of in the workplace.

What facilities can I use?

We have a range of state-of-the-art-facilities for you to get hands-on with. You’ll undertake model-making workshops and develop computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis and environmental modelling skills in our dedicated studios.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

As well as this we offer a four-storey library filled with all the articles, books, research papers, computers and printers that you may need during your studies. We also understand that university life isn’t all about studying, that’s why our Students’ Union events are all completely free for our students.

Architectural Technology

What will I study?

Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course focuses on practical, in-demand skills so that you can make sure that buildings function as they are intended to. You will develop the valuable ability to plan and design buildings that suit the needs of a client.

This course is structured around three distinct aspects of the buildings- architectural design, construction technology and management. These aspects are explored throughout the course through themes such as digital technologies, sustainability, health and safety and building regulations.

You’ll learn how to negotiate and manage the design process, whilst also understanding how to implement technical knowledge in developing practical and creative solutions, which meet existing working practices and legislation.

By the time you complete the course, you will know how to design and detail a range of buildings and communicate your designs effectively using the latest industry-standard software. All vital skills that will enable you to effectively investigate building problems and present appropriate design solutions.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

You’ll be taught by a teaching team who have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many having worked in the industry.

You’ll study in a close-knit tutor group where everyone’s input is recognised and valued. Not only will you make friends for life, you’ll also make important connections that will last through your career, and you’ll form a network, just like you’d find in the working-world.

Central to your learning will be the time you will spend in the design studio using industry-standard design suites to develop and apply your skills on building design projects. You will study a variety of subjects to become proficient in construction technology, materials, legislation and management.

You will also learn through:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • guided research and reading
  • laboratory experiments
  • examination of projects, simulated or real
  • analysis of work-based scenarios
  • independent learning through individual learning plans
  • tutored classroom sessions
  • visiting speakers and guest lecturers.


This course has been designed with inputs from industry practitioners and professional organisations to meet the requirements of the graduates in the field of Architectural Design and Technology.

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Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Documents

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry and Research Skills

Introduction to Design and Development

Year 2 Modules

Introduction to Architectural Design Principles

Architectural Studio 1

Science and Materials

Principles of Construction Project Management

Building Design, Drawings and Measurement

Building Regulations and Legal Contexts

Building Construction Technology

Professional Skills in the Built Environment

Year 3 Modules

Architectural Studio 2

Digital Modelling and Specifications

Building Surveying

Advanced Construction Technology

Industrial Skills in Sustainability

Management Strategies, Economics and Finance

Year 4 Modules

Final Year Design Project

Sustainable Design and Technology Applications

Research Dissertation

Procurement and Contracts Management

Professional Practice

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager
  • Building Control Surveyor
  • CAD Technician/Manager
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Town Planner
  • Urban Designer
  • Building Control Officers and Construction Site Manager within the construction, planning or property industries.

In a range of different environments, such as;

  • architectural technology practices
  • architecture firms
  • local authorities
  • government agencies
  • housing associations
  • construction organisations.


You may also wish to stay on at Buckinghamshire New University and study one of our full-time or part-time Postgraduate degrees.


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