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About the course

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.

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.

 

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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 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 2017/18 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,900 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.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:
An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year. As a guide the 2016-17 fee was £168.60
Students are also expected to purchase sturdy work boots. These can range from £30 - £100

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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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Key entry requirements

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

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Attendance

HNC year one: Monday 1pm - 7pm 
HNC year two: Thursday 9am - 5pm

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

Please use the link below to apply:

Apply for HNC Architectural Technology

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Construction and Sustainable 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

Support

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

Verity Bird academic profile Verity Bird Senior Lecturer View profile
Peter Howard academic profile Peter Howard Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Senior Lecturer View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Patricia Kyle academic profile Patricia Kyle Associate Lecturer View profile
John Meech academic profile John Meech Associate Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technician Instructor 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.

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.

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.

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.

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