HNC Architectural Technology

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

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Are you looking to build on your existing experience and earn an internationally recognised higher education qualification? Southampton Solent’s HNC Architectural Technology programme offers learners a varied curriculum based on three key themes: architectural design, architectural technology and professional practice. Graduates will have an improved understanding of the architectural process and be better prepared to take on more advanced roles in the architectural technology sector.

  • Students have access to industry-standard facilities including our dedicated built environment drawing studio and two construction-specific laboratories.
  • The course teaching team have extensive industry experience, having worked in a range of construction roles. Drawing on that experience, the team deliver a practical and industry relevant curriculum that can help maximise student employability.
  • The programme offers flexibility, allowing students to study part-time to gain a HNC qualification alongside their busy careers.
  • This industry experience also enabled past students to work on live briefs and real-world case studies.
  • This HNC provides students with a platform to progress onto a number of full degrees including BA (Hons) Architectural Technology (part-time).
  • This course was developed in consultation with local industry, ensuring that graduates meet the needs of modern employers.
  • Students learn in a supportive, hands-on environment.
  • This course will benefit students from architectural and architectural technology practices, local authorities and building contractors.
  • Students study alongside colleagues with experience in a range of construction roles.

The industry

From the London skyline to Southampton’s own major development projects, you only need to look around to see that architecture in the UK is ever-evolving.

Innovative buildings such as the Shard and the Gherkin, projects such as the Battersea Power Station development, and plans for the tallest residential building in the UK at South Quay Plaza reveal a flourishing industry – and an ever-increasing need for talented graduates with the right blend of technical skills and architectural vision.

The programme

Highly regarded by local employers, this regularly revised programme helps students to develop a sound understanding of the design and detailing required to complete major construction projects. Students also learn fundamental design principles, health and safety requirements and critical thinking skills.

The industry-focused curriculum encourages students to develop practical skills. Our professional facilities include two construction-specific laboratories, computer-aided design (CAD) stations, Revit, Vector Works, Adobe Illustrator, Google SketchUp Pro, 3D printers and large format printer scanners. By using these resources, Solent students can develop the specific skills required by the architectural technology industry – as well as a range of transferable skills that are applicable in other industries.

Students also have the opportunity to work in our built environment studio centre. This modern space was developed to mirror the atmosphere of a working professional studio, bringing students together from various built environment courses to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects just as they would in the workplace. 

The course team have extensive industry experience, holding memberships at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Association of Building Engineers (ABE), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The team also have a strong network of industry contacts, which has given past students access to guest speakers, live briefs and site visits.

Next steps

Ready to take your career to the next level? With industry-standard facilities, approachable staff and an eclectic mix of students, this part-time architectural technology HNC will help you develop the skills required to identify and apply a range of design and technological solutions for the construction industry.

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Typical entry requirements

40 UCAS Tariff points minimum

Year one:


Core units

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

Year two:


Core units

  • 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.


(2015 dates, TBC for 2016)
HNC year one: Thursday 9am - 5pm 
HNC year two: Wednesday 9am - 5pm

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

Our facilities

The dedicated studio is based on the kind of environment that students will experience in the workplace. 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.

Most importantly, 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 Architectural Technologists, 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).

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.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- 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 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.  

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

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

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year. As a guide the 2015-16 fee was £165.30

Students are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £40 - £100.

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.

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

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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.



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