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HNC Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology

  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time

HNC Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology

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 architectural related skills, appreciation of the design process and implementing design ideas. You will gain a technical understanding of how buildings put together, how they function and the architect’s role throughout the process. 

  • What the course includes

    You will learn & develop architectural 2D and 3D modelling  as well as professional roles in the changing architectural disciplines: 

    • Architectural CADT: Principles & Practice 
    • Architectural CADT: Residential Design 
    • Architectural CADT: Construction Detailing 
    • CAD User Systems 
    • Architectural Professional Practice 
    • Architectural Design Principles 
    • Building Information Modelling  (BIM) Principles 
    • CAD: Visualisation, Rendering and Presentation 
    • Architectural CADT: Building Technologies 
    • CADT - Graded Unit Project 
    • Statutory control  
    • BIM residential  

Why choose this course

Access To University 

Previous successful students are currently studying a variety of architectural courses, at Edinburgh Napier (architectural technology), Dundee School of Architecture & Mackintosh School of Architecture. 


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 Developments Limited and Morrison ConstructionPast students have worked on placement with Scott Brownrigg Architects and John Watson Architectural Consultancy before moving onto permanent employment. 

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 architecture, civil engineering , site management and building. 

Flexible Delivery 

This course is available on a Full Time ( 3 days) basis 

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 
  • Relevant experience in an architectural environment 


  • Where it leads

    Further Study - Degree Courses 

    On successful completion of the HNC course, students will be eligible to apply for Year 1, or Year 2 entry, (depending on admission dept entry requirements), to architectural courses at: 

    Edinburgh Napier University 

    • BSc/BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology 


    University Of Strathclyde 

    • BSc Architectural Studies 


    Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture  (ESALA) 

    • Architecture (BA) 


    Mackintosh School of Architecture (Glasgow School of Art) 

    • (BArch) Bachelor of Architecture 


    Heriot Watt University 

    • B Eng (Hons) Architectural Engineering 


    University of Dundee 

    •  MArch (Hons) Architecture 


    University of Aberdeen 

    • Scott Sutherland School of Architecture 



    Further Study - HND Courses 

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



    The architectural/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. 


    A 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: 
    • Chartered Architect 
    • Architectural Technologist 
    • BIM Coordinator 
    • Design Manager 
    • Architectural Illustrator (Virtual Reality presentations) 

Interview arrangements

An interview is required, but this can be held either face to face, or by telephone. 

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