Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

ARU Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology

Science Park Campus, Kings Hedges Road

Course Code:CC5FDAT1
Start Date:17/09/2020
Fees:£3995 (Subject to confirmation)

Course Overview

This is a part time/day release course over 3 years of study. To gain the qualification 16 units need to be completed and 240 credits need to be achieved. This Degree is designed for those students with Level 3 qualifications (such as BTEC or A level) and mature learners (25+). A range of skills will be developed as part of the learning programme and will include:

•            Communication by written report, proportional sketches, scale drawing and specifications
•            Correct use of specialised terminology commonly used within the industry
•            Problem-solving in relation to materials and methods of construction
•            Working with others in a small group environment
•            Demonstrate engagement in Personal Development Planning.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a FdSc.

Year 1

Elements of Construction Design (15 credits)
IT and Communication (15 credits)
Elementary Survey Skills (15 credits)
Building Technology (15 credits)

Year 2

Design Studio A (15 credits)
Work Based Learning A in the built environment (15 credits)
Construction Technology (15 credits)
History and Theory of Architecture (15 credits)
Work Related Learning and the Built Environment (15 credits)
Design Studio B (15 credits)

Year 3

Advanced Construction Technology (15 credits)
Site Studies and Planning (15 credits)
Environmental Building Performance (15 credits)
Architectural CAD (15 credits)
Work Based Learning B in the Built Environment (15 credits)
Site Studies and Design (15 credits)

Progression & Career Opportunities

After successfully completing the course, students may progress to an Honours degree in Architectural Technology and employment. Students have the opportunity to develop a career within the built environment, particularly in architecture, design and planning. Students are encouraged to apply for membership of CIAT. The awarding body is Anglia Ruskin University.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements shall be equivalent to passes in one of the following:

An accredited Access Certificate.
One subject at A Level, supported by passes at Grade 4 (C) in four other subjects at GCSE.
University recognised standards of the NCVQ.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Diploma and, Subsidiary Diploma.
Employment as a trainee in the professional/technical areas of construction is desirable.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a professional interview.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.


All units will be internally assessed using predominantly coursework, short tests, assignments, etc.  Work will be graded according to the following calibration.

A = 70% or more
B = 60% - 69%
C = 50% - 59%
D = 40% - 49%
E = 35% - 39%
U = 34% and under

How to Apply

There are two ways you can apply for a Higher Education course at CRC – you can now apply through UCAS or directly to the college using our HE Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website You can also obtain a copy by contacting our Enquiry Team on tel. 01223 226315 or email The completed form and references should be returned to The Admissions Office, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2QT

Cambridge Campus Status

Huntingdon Campus Status