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HNCArchitectural Technology

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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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    investment in our campus and industry-standard facilities
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    university in the UK for low carbon emissions (THE 2023)
  • The course is led by qualified professionals with extensive industry experience, enabling you to learn from real-life case studies and examples.
  • You can study this course part-time.
  • Benefit from site visits as well as guest lectures delivered by directors of local and national construction companies and representatives from government bodies.
  • Use a range of specialist facilities, including construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio and a range of levelling/surveying equipment (total stations).
  • Become an expert in using professional-grade software and equipment such as computer-aided design (CAD) stations, Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp Pro, 3D printers and large format printers and scanners.

Course overview

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.

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Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Apply direct

    You can apply direct to Solent University for this course

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Part-time option

    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).

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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.

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