HND Architectural Technology (SCQF level 8)

Overview

About This Course: 

This is a two-year HND which accepts direct entrants to Year 2 of the course. For information on entry to Year 2, click the 'Year 2 Entry' tab above. For information on entry to Year 1 please see below.

This stimulating, learner-focused programme is delivered by highly professional teaching staff with significant construction industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

An Architectural Technologist is a specialist in the technological aspects of building design and construction, bridging the gap between design theory and construction practice. The HND in Architectural Technology is a technician level qualification that combines a broad-based construction industry specific first year curriculum with a more specialist second year curriculum that equips you with the skills required for employment in this specialist and high demand industry sector.

During your studies you will:

  •     Develop your technical knowledge and understanding
  •     Develop the practical skills required to excel as an Architectural Technologist
  •     Have the opportunity to develop and apply your critical reasoning and analysis skills to solve construction problems, using current industry standards and by applying contemporary industry techniques
  •     Develop your personal and business skills, equipping you to contribute to the demands of a professional environment.

You will also benefit from hearing from visiting professionals from a range of disciplines, and will have the opportunity to go on site visits around the West of Scotland, giving your learning a strong sense of contemporary relevance.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/.

Minimum Entry Requirements: 
  • Two Higher Grade passes, preferably including Mathematics or a Science; OR
  • A National Certificate in Built Environment or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 6; OR
  • Relevant personal/work experience and the ability to evidence the commitment and capacity required to cope with the academic content of the course.
Additional Selection Requirements: 

You will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

Location: 

City Campus North Hanover Street.

More Information

What You Study: 

The units undertaken during the first year of your studies enable you to build an expansive knowledge of the construction industry, as well as gain the essential skills you will build on during your advanced studies in Architectural Technology.

During your first year the topics you will study include:

  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies
  • Building Science
  • Building Services: Introduction
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) 2D
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals
  • Construction Materials and Specification
  • Construction Site Surveying
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction
  • Construction Technology: Domestic Construction
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Built Environment Graded Unit.

In second year, your subjects will reflect your chosen specialism and focus on developing your design, technical and professional knowledge through studio work, tutorials and critiques complemented by specialist lectures. More information about the topics covered can be found under the second year entry tab at the top of the page.

After The Course: 

Career

This course prepares you for a career as an Architectural Technician and Architectural Technologist in a variety of sectors including:

  • Builit enviornment
  • Construction
  • Property
  • Private consultant practices (architects and surveyors)
  • Design and build services divisions of construction contractors
  • Local authorities
  • Health trusts
  • Housing associations
  • Building component manufacturers
  • Government organisations.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress on to architecture related BSc courses at:

  • Year 2 or 3 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the University of Strathclyde
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture/ University of Glasgow
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the Edinburgh ESALA
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture/ Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Dundee School of Architecture/Duncan of Jordanstone College/University of Dundee.
How Long: 

Two years starting August.

There is also the option to leave after one year with a Higher National Certificate in Built Environment; OR

Students can transfer on to one of the College's other construction related HND programmes:

  • Building Surveying
  • Construction Management
  • Quantity Surveying.

Year 2 Entry

What You Study: 

Your second year subjects will reflect your chosen specialism and focus on developing your design, technical and professional knowledge through studio work, tutorials and critiques complemented by specialist lectures.

During your second year the topics you will study include:

  • Architectural Procedures and Design
  • Building Services: Heating, Lighting & Acoustics
  • CAD: 3D Modelling
  • CAD: Architectural 1
  • Construction Technology: Industrial and Commercial Superstructure
  • Construction Technology: Specialist Systems
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
  • Design of Building Structures
  • HND Architectural Technology Graded Unit 2
Minimum Entry Requirements: 

HNC in Construction.

It may also be possible to gain entry with an HNC in Architectural Technology but this will depend on the Units that have been covered in the HNC. Students who gain entry with this qualification will require a bespoke infill programme and hence each application will be considered on an individual basis.

After The Course: 

Career

This course prepares you for a career as an Architectural Technician and Architectural Technologist in a variety of sectors including:

  • Builit enviornment
  • Construction
  • Property
  • Private consultant practices (architects and surveyors)
  • Design and build services divisions of construction contractors
  • Local authorities
  • Health trusts
  • Housing associations
  • Building component manufacturers
  • Government organisations.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress on to architecture related BSc courses at:

  • Year 2 or 3 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the University of Strathclyde
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture/ University of Glasgow
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the Edinburgh ESALA
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture/ Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen
  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Dundee School of Architecture/Duncan of Jordanstone College/University of Dundee.
How Long: 

One year starting August.

Contact

Contact Name: 

Frank Boyle

Contact Number: 

0141 566 6222 ext. 4234

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