BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology with Foundation Year

Programme overview

This programme is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the principles and practice involved in architectural design and technology. The Foundation Year provides the academic skills necessary to study at degree level. It offers a direct route to all our bachelor’s degree awards. It will provide you with a firm foundation for a rewarding career in the property and construction industries. This programme is delivered by supported online learning which means you don’t need to travel to college or university and you can study at work or at home, at weekends and in the evening as best suits your lifestyle.

This programme is primarily designed for people who wish to further their career with a degree but who do not have the academic qualifications for entry onto our other BSc programmes delivered without a Foundation Year. This programme is designed for people with an interest in the built environment and particularly the detail of building design, both exterior and interior, and the factors that affect types of structures and who wish to further their career with a degree. Many of our students often already work in, or are associated with, the property and building sectors. Such employment is desirable but not mandatory.

The Foundation Year element of the programme will allow you to develop both personally and professionally and enhance your academic skills to ensure that these are of a sufficient standard to be able to study a BSc (Hons) programme. At the same time, it will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the built environment topics that you will be studying at degree level later. Those working in the built environment will be able to make links between these topics and the work done by their employer; those not working in the built environment will benefit from good insight into the work they hope to be doing soon.

The programme as a whole provides the academic underpinning necessary to prepare you for a career as a Chartered Architectural Technologist and seek membership of CIAT* and CIOB*.

*Please note that accreditation of the programme by these professional bodies is pending.

This programme is not registered with the Non-local Courses Registry in Hong Kong and students in Hong Kong will not therefore be eligible to claim financial support from the Student Finance Office in Hong Kong under the Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS).

Why study this programme?

  • Gain access to our bachelor’s degree awards with limited academic qualifications
  • Gain a thorough grounding in the principles and practice involved in architectural design and technology
  • Progress in a wide range of careers within private architects’ practices, housing associations, property developers, and building and construction companies
  • Competitively priced, allowing you to combine work with study
  • Learn from the largest provider of qualified building surveyors to the industry, with an outstanding reputation


BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology with Foundation Year

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, and the structure which they follow through the standard route is shown below.

Module information and structure:

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims and intended learning outcomes. If you are granted module exemptions due to recognition of prior learning, then your route will look a little different. Your study route will be confirmed in your offer to study on the programme.

The target award for this programme is BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology. However, if, after successful completion of the Foundation Year, you want to change specialisms you can easily transfer to study any of our other BSc programmes.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in  consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September)


BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology with Foundation Year

Career & study progression

A graduate architectural technologist may apply for Associate (ACIAT) or Profile (PCIAT) status with CIAT. As such, they may assist a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) with the following processes:

Project inception:

  • Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage the development of a construction project, and to develop project briefs and design programmes for clients

Design process:

  • Chartered Architectural Technologists specialise in the application of building science and technology to architectural and construction projects. They are recognised as having specialist skills, enabling them to manage the design process, and use their technical knowledge and expertise to provide innovative solutions

Contract management:

  • Chartered Architectural Technologists are recognised as being qualified to negotiate and manage all aspects of architectural and construction contracts, whether it is using traditional, partnering or other methods. Chartered Architectural Technologists recognise the significance of the post-construction aspects of the project

Professional practice:

  • Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) are architectural professionals, and may practise on their own account as a partner or director, and must adhere to a Code of Conduct

Please note that accreditation of this degree programme with CIAT is currently pending.

After successful completion of the Foundation Year you can also choose to transfer to a different BSc programme. Successful completion of the entire programme also enables progression onto a Master’s degree programme.

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology with Foundation Year

Entry requirements

You should have

Tariff points:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points or equivalent*;
  • Mathematics plus two other GCSE’s at grade C or above (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) or equivalent*.

*Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values. For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact:

And one of the following:

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), or an equivalent qualification. For further information on equivalent qualifications please contact:
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 79 or above in the Internet option, 213 or above in the computer-based option or 550 or above in the paper-based option, of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at an AS Level or its equivalent

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.

Evidence is required in the form of certificates or transcripts. You should send photocopies that have been certified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. For more information refer to our FAQs here.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Admissions Policy.


BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology


5 years



This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology with Foundation Year

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Apply by 26 August 2019 to start 23 September 2019

Apply by 2 March 2020 to start 30 March 2020


2019/20 academic year:
£1,125 per module x 21 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £23,625

Student Loans:
This programme is designated for student finance and students in England and Wales may apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,165 each academic year.
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Student Bursary Scheme:
Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate need. It is open to new students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.
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Find out more about our payment options here 

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You will be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently


Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and other related international professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is currently pending.




Available routesaccordion-arrow

Standard route:

  • Duration: 5 years
  • You will study two modules per 26 week semester, in 9 week module blocks
  • Upon successful completion of the foundation year, there may be an opportunity to transfer to our Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship

Accelerated route:

  • Duration: 4 years
  • In the Foundation Year you will study two modules per 26 week semester, in 9 week module blocks. From your second year you will study three modules per 26 week semester
  • This route is recommended only for those who are not in full-time employment

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

Each 20 credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules.

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a variety of methods including assessed coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer marked assessments or project submissions. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Architectural Design Technology from the University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. If applicable, you will be entitled to denote Honours, i.e. BSc (Hons). However, if, after successful completion of the Foundation Year, you want to change specialisms you can easily transfer to study any of our other BSc programmes.