SCQF Level 8
Built Environment

Course Overview

Architectural Technology HND is a full-time course taken over two years at Edinburgh College’s Granton campus. The course is designed to teach you the essential skills you need for the role of an architectural technician within the built environment sector. You will explore the technical and scientific side of design and develop an understanding of how buildings are born; from the early planning stages to its final construction.  

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the built environment industry. You will gain essential knowledge of the full architectural process from sketching and computer-aided design to specific materials used when building and the very latest in construction technologies. Successful completion of the course could provide the opportunity for further studies relating to architectural technology at a university degree level. Edinburgh College sees over 80% of our HND students go on to study at university. 


What You Will Learn

  • Architectural Design, Sketching and Drawing  
  • Structural Mechanics  
  • Construction Materials and Specification  
  • Construction Technology  
  • Construction Site Surveying  
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies  
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction  
  • Mathematics for Construction  
  • Architectural Procedures  
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings  
  • Statutory Control of Buildings  
  • Health and Safety in Construction  
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) 

Placement Information

  • Work placements will be available through a suitable recruitment process 
  • Edinburgh College has industry connections that can assist you in gaining a work placement 

Entry Requirements

  • Two passes at Higher Level C or above 
  • A pass at National 5 Mathematics or equivalent

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed throughout the course 
  • You will be tested on your theoretical and practical skills 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Second or third-year entry onto an architecture university degree 
  • Further studies of architecture as an undergraduate student at various universities 

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Architect 
  • Chartered architectural technologist 
  • Architectural or town planning technician 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Edinburgh College Built Environment student Anita Bielatowicz is celebrating her first-year anniversary of working with planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, after initially joining the company for a five-day work-placement.  

“I am loving working for Barton Willmore” says Anita. “Although I probably have a much busier week than the typical third-year student, the ‘real life’ insights gained by working for a busy architectural consultancy is so different from what I am learning at university – and it also provides invaluable experience for future job prospects.” 

Read more of our student stories here.
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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