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About the course

Are you looking to build on your existing experience and earn an internationally recognised higher education qualification? 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.

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 construction-specific laboratories, computer-aided design (CAD) stations, Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp Pro, 3D printers and large format printers and 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 architectural design studio. This modern space is developed to mirror the atmosphere of a working professional studio, bringing students together from various building design courses to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects just as they would in the workplace.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
Apply direct
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

This HNC provides students with a platform to progress onto a number of full degrees including BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology (part-time).

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those already in the construction industry, and who wish to study part-time while they work. The course is ideal for those in junior architectural roles who wish to broaden their knowledge of architectural design and technology to advance their career into more senior positions.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,250 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year: £175.20
Students are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £30 - £100

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

16 points minimum from either 6-unit or 3-unit awards

Applications are welcomed from students who do not 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 minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply


Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021

Attendance (as of 2020)

  • Year one: Mondays 9am-5pm
  • Year two: Thursdays 9am-5pm

These times are subject to change, please check back for the latest times, or contact us for more information.

Progression routes:

Upon successful completion of this HNC, students can progress onto the BA (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology degree at Solent University.  

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Construction Technology
    This module introduces you to the principles of construction technology focusing on low-rise, predominantly domestic-scale buildings. 
  • Science of Materials
    This module plays an important role in your learning it exposes you to the scientific principles of materials used in architecture, engineering and construction. 
  • Architectural Communication
    This module will enable you to learn standard architectural graphic conventions and techniques, developing the freehand and technical detailing skills which are at the core of the architectural profession.

Year two

Core modules
  • Architectural Design Development
    This module will introduce you to the principles of architectural design as a core skill for your discipline. The module aims to establish the fundamental link between creative design and the technological, environmental, social and historic context.
  • Architectural Design Realisation
    In this module you will be able to extend the creative design skills developed in previous modules into the next stage of the process: realisation of design concepts into technical interior and visual details according to your chosen discipline of study.
  • Building Law and Management
    The module provides an introduction to general legal practices and procedures – sources of law, e.g. English legal system, courts and legislation and contract law. 


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Course Leader View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Margarita Montvilaite-Sinkeviciene academic profile Margarita Montvilaite-Sinkeviciene Lecturer View profile
Tim Scrace academic profile Tim Scrace Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Lecturer View profile
Rolla Monib academic profile Rolla Monib Lecturer View profile
Patricia Kyle academic profile Patricia Kyle Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


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.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students learn in a supportive, hands-on environment. This course will benefit students from architectural and architectural technology practices, local authorities and building contractors.

Your future

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. The programme offers flexibility, allowing students to study part-time to gain a HNC qualification alongside their busy careers.
  • This course has provided a great building block to progress onto the degree course. It enables you to have a good understanding of the technical knowledge behind construction and gives you the ability to use AutoCAD proficiently to portray designs at various stages of the design process.

    Luke Blackman, student

Industry links

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day