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Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology now available

Date: October 10 - 2022

Architectural Technology as a subject discipline provides an education in essential professional and technical design. Study of the discipline focuses on the anatomy and physiology of buildings in terms of their structures and systems, and is underpinned by science, architectural engineering and technology. This is set out in the revised Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology, which has been published by QAA.

The revised Statement has been developed by an expert subject advisory group, supported by extensive consultation with disciplinary communities in 2021 and 2022.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the benchmark academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas, and in respect of particular qualifications. They provide a picture of what graduates in a particular subject might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their course or programme.

The publication of this Statement follows the publication of 14 Subject Benchmark Statements earlier this year.

The revised Statement incorporates consideration of how practice within the discipline addresses wider social goals, comprising:

  • equality, diversity and inclusivity
  • education for sustainable development
  • the requirements of disabled students
  • enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Professor Sam Allwinkle, Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of the Subject Advisory Committee commented: 'This revised publication has built upon the strengths of the current Subject Benchmark Statement in Architectural Technology and also in response to the challenges relating to the emerging agendas of environment, climate change and sustainability, building safety and regulation and the fast-changing use of technology relating to design to optimise the production and performance of buildings.

'This new publication will continue to set the educational standards for honours and master's degrees in Architectural Technology and underpin the routes into the discipline, profession and employment.'

The revised Subject Benchmark Statement for Architectural Technology is available via the QAA website. 13 Subject Benchmark Statements are currently being reviewed and will open for consultation later this month. QAA has also recently opened expressions of interest for Chairs and Deputy Chairs for 12 Subject Benchmark Statements due to be reviewed in 2023.

QAA carries out this work on Subject Benchmark Statements in our role as a membership organisation. This activity will continue once we have demitted our role in England as the Designated Quality Body.