Architectural Technology HNC

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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. 

Inverness College UHI 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.  

Special features

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


We offer modern student accommodation in Inverness ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Highers at C or above preferably in Maths, Physics, Graphic Communication, Design and Manufacture, Art and Design, Geography or English
  • Alternatively, the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Civil Engineering

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units:

  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing
  • Architectural Procedures
  • Building Services in Large Building
  • Construction Materials and Specification
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Construction Technology: Industrial/Commercial Superstructure
  • Design of Building Structures
  • Statutory Control of Buildings
  • Architectural Technology: Graded Unit

You will also study either:

  • CAD: 2D1 or
  • CAD: 2D 2

Option units include:

  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies
  • Building Services: An Introduction
  • Building Services: Heating, Lighting and Acoustics
  • Construction Technology: Domestics Construction
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals
  • Building Science
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Quality in Construction
  • Scottish Law for Construction
  • Site Administration
  • Standard Forms of Construction Contract
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods
  • Mathematics for the Built Environment

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time: 1 year, attending two days per week
  • S6 pupils will attend on campus two days per week. Any pupils interested in this option should contact their guidance teacher in the first instance
  • You will study in the classroom and design studio and online through the university's virtual learning environment

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year 

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720

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 whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

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 second year of the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology. 

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.