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HNC Architectural Technology

Appreciate the design and technology behind the production and performance of buildings.

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The HNC Architectural Technology offers a varied curriculum based on three themes: architectural design, technology and professional practice. This course leads to a nationally recognised qualification which will prepare you for a higher technician role within the architectural technology sector of the built environment.

You'll be introduced to themes in design principles and health and safety and to the skills required to evaluate and apply a range of design and technological solutions


Why Solent?

  • Highly regarded by local employers, this industry-focused qualification will help you to develop a sound understanding of the design and detailing of building, together with underpinning knowledge in design principles and health and safety and to the skills required to identify and apply a range of design and technological solutions
  • Industry-focused and practical elements to learning, such as laboratory and studio work, with access to the two construction-specific laboratories and a new dedicated studio that is fully equipped with the latest in computer-aided design tools and equipment
  • The programme has a strong commitment and excellent reputation for the career development of its students both during and post-studies.

UCAS codes


  • 2 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

40 UCAS Tariff points minimum

 Year one

  • Principles of Construction Technology 
  • Introduction to Architectural Technology 
  • Science of the Built Environment.

Year two

  • Architectural Technology Project
  • Management in the Built Environment 
  • Principles of Business Environment.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Some units are studio-based, others are delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory work.

Assessment methods include coursework assignments, online tests, design/drawing portfolios, e-portfolios of evidence, and case study analysis.

HNC year one: Wednesdays 9am to 6-7pm
HNC year two: Thursdays 9am to 5pm

These times are subject to change, please check back for the latest times.

Our facilities

The new dedicated studio is based on the kind of environment that students will experience at work. It is fully equipped with the latest in computer-aided design tools and equipment including Mac and PC CAD stations, Revit, Vector Works, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Google SketchUp Pro, plotters, large format scanners and digital cameras.

It is an area where students and tutors can work together on projects in a professional but relaxed and friendly environment.


Meet the Team

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic and approachable academics. All academics are current members of the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Association of Building Engineers (ACE), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) or the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

UCAS codes


  • 2 Years Standard entry

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

As a part-time student you’re expected to already be employed within the construction industry.
The programme has a strong commitment and excellent reputation for the career development of its students both during and post-studies.

Links with industry

The industry-focused and practical emphasis of the course will develop your professionalism and maximise your career development opportunities. We have excellent links with employers from a broad section of the industry. Studies are enhanced by real life case studies and guest speakers from relevant disciplines.

The Built Environment group has a close relationships with employers and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Transferable skills

Develop your team working, problem solving, decision making, numeracy and IT skills.

Further study

This HNC provides an academic platform to enter a number of post-HNC courses, such as the BA (Hons) in Architectural Technology at Southampton Solent University.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Part-time

Entry requirements

  • 40 points minimum from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards
  • or BTEC/Edexcel Advanced GNVQ
  • or National Certificate Diploma in a Building/Construction related discipline
  • or relevant Access course
  • or other qualifications which are considered to be equivalent of the above.

Applications are welcomed from students who do have the academic qualifications listed above but may be admitted on the basis of relevant experience rather than standard qualifications.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 71(19 in writing) - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme and an international foundation programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.


Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are:

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,825 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

Edexcel registration in year one: £165.30

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office , addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form


Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 2 Years Standard entry



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