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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

This course is intended for prospective students who are intent on a career in architecture, architectural design or as an architectural technician.

There is a strong emphasis on developing architecture related skills, appreciation of the design process and implementing design ideas. You will gain a technical understanding of how buildings are put together, how they function and the architect’s role throughout the process.

  • What the course includes

    You will learn contemporary technical roles, currently required by the construction industry:

    • Architectural Design & Sketching
    • Architectural Procedures
    • Computer Aided Draughting 1 & 2
    • Building Services Introduction
    • Design Of Structures
    • Large Building Services
    • Industrial & Commercial Construction
    • Substructures
    • Domestic Construction
    • Construction Materials Testing & Specification
    • Standard Forms Of Contract
    • Statutory Control Of Buildings
    • Building Science
    • Graded Unit Project

Why choose this course?

Access To University

Previous successful students are currently studying a variety of construction disciplines, at Edinburgh Napier, Heriot Watt and Glasgow Caledonian Universities.


Our construction courses provide you with the technical knowledge to give you the edge in applying roles in the industry. West Lothian College has excellent links with local employers and is working in partnership with Winchburgh Development Organisation. Work placements opportunities will enhance learning and introduce you to industry employers.

Professional Development

Upgrade your skill-set to advance your chances of promotion and enhanced salary.

Dedicated Teaching Staff

Each of the construction lecturers have extensive, relevant experience in the fields of civil engineering, architectural design and house building.


Entry Requirements

  • NC in a related discipline or
  • Minimum two Highers and relevant passes at Standard Grade or
  • Credit/National 5 (preferably maths) in relevant subjects, including science/technology or
  • SVQ in construction or related discipline or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject or
  • Craft qualification combined with appropriate further study before/along with HNC programme

We consider relevant industrial experience/other qualifications on an individual basis.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads


    Further Study - Degree Courses

    Successful completion of the HNC will allow students to apply for Year 1, or Year 2 entry, (depending on quality of portfolio), to construction courses at:

    Edinburgh Napier University

    • BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

    University Of Strathclyde

    • BSc Architectural Studies

    Heriot Watt University

    • BA (Hons) Architecture

    University Of Dundee

    • MArch (Hons) Architecture


    Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow.

    Further Study - HND Courses

    Continue studying your chosen field to HND level, at another institution.



    The construction industry is a dynamic, interesting sector with many different, well paid, job roles. Every project differs from the previous one. Communication is key. Knowledge is essential.

    Former students have found employment with TC Facility Management and  Barratt Developments

    An HNC is a recognised qualification which can help you:

    • start your career, as a trainee in a technical role
    • Leave the tools behind and upgrade to a supervisory role
    • advance your career, to a technical role in one of the following fields:
      • Architectural technician
      • Architect (Chartered)
      • Architectural assistant
      • Building Information (BIM) coordinator
      • Design coordinator/manager
      • Urban designer
      • Landscape architect

Interview Arrangements

If you are selected for interview, we will email or write to you with the date and time. You should plan to be in college for up to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications or employment references.

The interview involves:

  • Arrival, welcome and course overview
  • Individual aptitude tests
  • Individual interview and the chance to discuss the course with two members of staff from the department

This interview may be conducted by phone or online.

Fees, Finance and Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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