Architectural Technology HNC

Course code 732K

What is special about this course?

This course has been designed to provide an additional access route to degree study in the built environment. 

Taught in the same culture and environment as the architectural technology degree, you will become immersed in practical design studio work, with projects allowing you to build a strong portfolio of work to take on to degree level study.  

Successful completion of the course will give you direct entry to year two of the degree programme. 

UHI Inverness also has a limited number of places on this course for local senior phase pupils to study in their sixth year at school. Students taking this option can go on to complete the honours degree with us in three years and potentially start earning a graduate salary a year early.  

Please click on the following links for information on Technology guidance and System requirements to study this course.

Special features

  • Access to degree study
  • Access to digital design studios
  • Practical focus and project work


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Highers at C or above preferably in Maths, Physics, Graphic Communication, Design and Manufacture, Art and Design, Geography or English, OR
  • 1 A Level at grade B in Graphic Communications
  • Alternatively, NC in a construction-related subject such as NC Civil Engineering or NC Built Environment, OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units:

  • Architectural design sketching and drawing
  • Construction technology: substructure
  • Construction technology: industrial/commercial superstructure
  • CAD: 2D1
  • Architectural procedures
  • Building services in large building
  • Construction materials and specification
  • Design of building structures
  • Statutory control of buildings
  • Architectural technology: graded unit

Option units include:

  • Building services: an introduction
  • Construction technology: domestics construction

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face sessions in the classroom and design studio, with some online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year @ 2-3 days per week*
  • S6 pupils: you will study alongside full-time students. If you are interested in this option, please contact your guidance teacher in the first instance

*to be confirmed

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,110 £7,110

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year £7,980 £8,775



UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the HNC, you may wish to consider a career as a:

  • Computer aided design technician
  • Architectural technician
  • Or continue to degree level study or graduate level apprenticeship

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the second year of BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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