School of Architecture and Built Environment

HNC Architectural Studies

HNC Part-time 2 years

The HNC Architectural Studies course is designed to provide you with a broad technical understanding of the architectural design process including the application of management, technology and preparation of drawings and specifications.

The HNC Architectural Studies course is designed to provide you with a broad technical understanding of the architectural design process including the application of management, technology and preparation of drawings and specifications.

Start date(s)
16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (2 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

93% of students were pleased with the teaching on their course

NSS, 2023

The HNC Architectural Studies course is designed to provide you with a broad technical understanding of the architectural design process including the application of management, technology and preparation of drawings and specifications.

You'll gain a technical understanding of the fundamentals of construction technology, environmental and sustainable issues, modern methods of construction and construction project management. The course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to take on vocational roles such as architectural technicians, providing technical support to Architects and Architectural Technologists.

This highly vocational qualification will provide you with the knowledge required to take up a position in the construction industry and will also provide a progression route onto professionally accredited courses within including the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology.

Current industry practice is studied as part of the course which will allow you to examine issues relating to construction regulations, methods and environmental impact. In addition you will develop practical skills in implementing emerging design techniques such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) to support your projects. These skills will enable you to provide, co-ordinate and communicate innovative solutions.

What's unique about this course?

  • Taught in Springfield Super Campus
  • Opportunity to develop a foundational knowledge of the architectural industry
  • Opportunity for further study
  • Access to double height architectural studio space
  • Access to state-of-the-art VR and AR technology

What happens on the course?

Throughout your course, you'll have the opportunity to examine the process of design, the factors that affect it and the communication methods available - including how to produce accurate and professional 2D drawings.

You will also learn the process of creating professional-quality 2D and 3D digital models using industry standard software tools such as AutoCAD and Revit. You will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice and use various communication methods to assess the impact of architectural solutions on existing settings.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course has both a theoretical and practical content that brings together a range of skills and subjects including design, new technology, construction methods and sustainability. Consequently the course should be of interest to existing skilled technicians and those interested in furthering their career opportunities. 

The course is taught by staff with industry experience using a combination of methods that match professional practice, including studio and drawing office sessions and using the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to communicate design schemes. We have developed this course with input from industry professionals to ensure that it is up to date and meets industry needs.


Springfield Campus

With Wolverhampton’s rich heritage and unique geographical position within the Black Country region, seen by many as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. You’ll have a unique opportunity to study in our £45 million SoABE Building, a 12-acre, Grade II listed former brewery. We’re one of the few universities in the UK to house multiple fully-functional industrial laboratories, as well as purpose-built facilities with access to latest visualisation technologies, design studios and equipment.

Not to mention our National Brownfield Institute (NBI) will also be located on our £120million Springfield Campus. The new £17.5 million building will be a world-class institute that focuses on developing modern methods of building through innovation and partnerships within the construction industry - meaning our collaborations with Local Authorities and Private Companies centers our students as part of this change.

And all of these state-of-the-art facilities are home to our Architecture and Built Environment students!

Take a look at our amazing campus.


On successful completion of the course, you will: 

  • You will become familiar with the main aspects of the discipline including formalised Design Procedures, application of appropriate Design Technology and Professional Practice.
  • Produce design schemes and provide solutions using appropriate methods and materials for given situations with due regard to prevailing regulations and standards.
  • Improved awareness of the social responsibilities of the profession along with the economic factors, human needs and environmental issues that lead to successful construction developments.
  • Familiarity with the use of Computer based Technology and how this can be utilised to underpin the design process and add value to design solutions. And how other visualisation software can be applied to improve the communication of design data.
  • Understanding of the enterprise and organisational issues within the Construction and Architectural Technology specialism including project management, time/cost factors and ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • Experience working in teams and improving own learning and performance through the use of regular self and peer design reviews.
  • Acquire and utilise skills associated with the collation, organisation and investigation of technical information and witness its impact on the design process and final design solution.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study


Typical Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of grade C from one A-Level or equivalent
  • An Access to HE Diploma full award will be accepted
  • A mature person who has worked in a relevant industry but without gaining any formal qualifications (or recent qualifications, or qualifications at A level standard or equivalent) may also apply for entry to the course. They will be interviewed and, if appropriate, asked to complete a piece of work, to assess their suitability to be admitted and undertake the necessary work.  We welcome enquiries and/or applications from such candidates

You will be required to attend an interview, where a sample of your work will be reviewed and you will have the opportunity to visit our excellent facilities.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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