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Higher National Diploma (HND) in Architectural Technology

The HND in Architectural Technology is a brand new qualification that will give you the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the subject through a mixture of academic and practical sessions. It will enable you to put the knowledge learnt in an academic environment into a practical setting and support you in developing your career in architectural technology.

This qualification is a Higher Technical Qualification which means it has been developed in partnership with industry and professional bodies including: the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the Chartered Association of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), Global CAD, The Institute of Business, Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), The Institute of Informatics Studies, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (iStructE), Kier Group, the Ministry of Building Innovation & Education (MOBIE), Vinci Construction and Wates Group.

Topics studied on the course include:

– Construction Design Project
– Construction Technology
– The Construction Environment
– Legal and Statutory Requirements in Construction
– Digital Applications for Construction Information
– Building Information Modelling
– Principles of Refurbishment
– Digital Applications for Building Information Modelling
– Group Project
– Personal Professional Development
– Advanced Construction Drawing & Detailing
– Construction Technology for Complex Buildings Projects
– Advanced Building Information Modelling

NB: This programme is subject to validation.

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : HEB147F (2023)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £4625

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Course details


Assessment is based on completed assignments, with two assignments per module over each 15-week semester. There are no exams.

Entry Requirements

Students should ideally have a relevant BTEC or related vocational qualification. This profile is generally supported by GCSEs at grade 5/4 and above, or equivalent. 48 UCAS points will be required.

We welcome students over the age of 21 with no paper qualifications who can demonstrate that they have the potential to succeed on the programme, usually having construction-related work experience or experiences and transferable skills. Students who have successfully completed the BTEC qualification – and have no direct construction experience – will also be considered (subject to interview).


The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant construction-related courses, for example BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, BSc (Hons) Construction Technology or BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology & Design.

If you are studying while in employment, you could move up in your career to site management, running your own business or into surveying. You can also apply to join the Chartered Institute of Building, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

Facilities and resources

We offer excellent facilities on campus as well as a supportive learning environment. We have a strong emphasis on practical and community-based learning, and have great links with employers and external organisations.


Q: I have been out of education for quite some time, will this course suit me?

A: If you have industry experience and a willingness to learn and carry out research, then this course can be achievable.

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Starting Date : 11/09/2023
Course Code : HEB147F (2023) North Devon campus Apply

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