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. 

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.  

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 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, 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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, 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)2020-212021-22
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)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915

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)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230


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 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 2022

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