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Architectural Technology HND

(SCQF level 8)

Built Environment, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


Architectural Technology is an exciting course which is offered over two years.

In the first year, you will learn various aspects of the construction industry as applied by the ‘Project Team’. This includes the development of various skillsets to encourage collaborative working and promoting a team based attitude to various working environments and problems. 

In second year, the units become more specialised to Architectural Technology. This includes project-based, design-led units such as Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings, CAD Architecture and 3D Modelling, with an emphasis on construction detailing, from domestic to commercial buildings. This project-based learning is further supported by theoretical learning including topics such as design of building structures, fire safety and RIBA plan of work architectural procedures. Finally, these project and theoretical skills are brought together in a practical project where you'll design a Visitors Centre, in the heart of the City on the River Clyde.

You'll be taught using various teaching methods which include site visits to gain experience of industry practice, guest lectures and current industry applied software from AutoCAD to Revit. This is all accomplished through the application of software, collaboration, and teaching methods with a focus to BIM (Building Information Modelling)  The course is delivered by experienced industry professionals including Architects, Engineers and many other professionals. 

Successful students will be equipped to move onto university studying Architecture or Architectural Technology or directly into employment.  

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Year one entry:

  • 2 Highers at Grade C or above including Mathematics or a Science subject; or
  • National Certificate in Built Environment at SCQF level 6; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Year two entry:

  • HNC Built Environment
  • It may also be possible to gain entry with an HNC in Architectural Technology. 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, so each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional selection requirements

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

What you study

  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing.
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies.
  • Building Science.
  • Building Services.
  • Built Environment Graded Unit.
  • CAD 2D.
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals.
  • Construction Materials and Specification.
  • Construction Site Surveying.
  • Construction Technology: Domestic Construction.
  • Construction Technology: Substructure.
  • Mathematics for the Built Environment.
  • Statutory Control of Buildings.
  • Structural Mechanics.
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction.

After the course


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

  • Built Environment.
  • 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 two or three of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Year one or two of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the University of Strathclyde.
  • Year one or two of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture/University of Glasgow.
  • Year one or two of BSc (Hons) Architectural Studies at the Edinburgh ESALA.
  • Year one or two of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture/ Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen.
  • Year one or two of BSc (Hons) Dundee School of Architecture/Duncan of Jordanstone College/University of Dundee.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome