Why study an architectural technology HNC at Solent University
Build on your existing experience to earn an internationally recognised higher education qualification and be better prepared to take on more advanced roles in the architectural technology sector.
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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 has access to specialist facilities
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent
You can study this course 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.
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).
Meet the team
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.
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.
Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.
What you'll study
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.
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.
How you will learn and be assessed
You will learn by:
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- Individual presentations
- Online tests
Solent’s curriculum framework builds on our unique, creative and applied approach to teaching. The transformation of students’ lives is at the heart of our mission as a university, and our curriculum – informed by the latest theory – reflects this shared educational vision.Find out more
The student achievement team are on hand to help you succeed during your studies at Solent. They aim to contact you at key times during your time here with personalised information, advice and guidance, by email or phone.
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All students can access Succeed@Solent, Solent's online guide to getting better grades. It offers extensive, practical information and advice on topics such as academic writing, research and presentations.
Why choose 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 tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are:
- UK, EU (settled status) 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.
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course 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 email@example.com.
The 2024/25 other costs are:
- An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year: £175.20.
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
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.
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 is currently £15. 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
- 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.
- For further information about UK qualifications, please contact admissions.
Key entry requirements
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.
Key entry requirements
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative entry options
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.
Important note about progression routes:
Progression to a Pearson Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification is not automatically available after completion of this Higher National Certificate (HNC) course.
Solent’s HNC is awarded under a Trademark Licence and the final award from this course, although mapped closely to Pearson’s programmes, is not a Pearson BTEC Higher National award.
Candidates wishing to progress onto a course at another provider may need to complete additional modules or check with the provider if acceptance to the progression course will be available with the HNC award. Many providers offer recognition of prior learning, but this will be on a case by case basis.
Students graduating from Solent do have progression routes at Solent University to degrees or to other professional qualifications.
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 - 115 overall with minimum of 95 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.
We will prepare you for your future
This HNC provides students with a platform to progress onto a number of full degrees which will prepare you for roles like:
- Architectural technologist
- Technical manager
- Building designer
- BIM co-ordinator
- Project manager
- Commercial projects and public sector projects.
We will help you start your career
The Solent Futures team is committed to getting students into great careers.
While you are studying, the team can help you with finding work experience or placements, link you with a mentor, check your CV, or offer one-to-one guidance.
If you're in your final year, we also have graduate job opportunities just for Solent graduates.Find out more
Support at Solent
All students at Solent University have access to a range of specialist support services. Whether you are having financial difficulty, need additional help with academic skills or want advice on setting up your own business you'll find that help is always on hand.
Most of our specialist support services are based around the Student Hub, a central space where you can access all the information and support you may need during your time at University. The Student Hub is the first point of contact if you have any queries relating to your course, including questions about your timetable, options, and assessments and extenuating circumstances.