School of Architecture and Built Environment

Architectural Design

HND Part-time 4 years, Full-time 2 years

The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.35 million people and accounting for typically 8% of UK GDP.

The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.35 million people and accounting for typically 8% of UK GDP.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 653K
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (4 years), Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment
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Why choose this course?

The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.35 million people and accounting for typically 8% of UK GDP. This HND course is designed to provide you with sound technical understanding of a range of Architectural Design principles. You will gain knowledge of and apply design theories, develop practical skills and understand current legislation, which will allow to solve real world problems.

Studying this course will equip you with a technical understanding of the fundamentals of construction technology, environmental and sustainable issues, modern methods of construction and construction project management. In addition you will develop practical skills in implementing emerging design techniques such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) to support your projects.

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 the Department including the BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology 


What happens on the course?

On this course you will take part in a wide range of lectures, tutorials, design studios and practical workshops. All of these will equip you with the skills and knowledge to take up a future role as an Architectural Technologist. Our structured curriculum develops your knowledge and skills as you work through each year of the course. In the first year you will be introduced to some of the fundamental skills including architectural detailing in our dedicated studio, physical model making based in the workshops and using software tools to design and communicate your projects. The second year will provide more opportunities to develop a range of design projects whilst learning more around materials, sustainable design, advanced detailing techniques and construction methods. 


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Everything you need to know about this course!

This course brings together a range of skills and subjects including design, new technology, sustainability and construction methods that can lead you into a professional design career within the construction industry.

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) to develop your design work.

The course is developed with input from industry professionals to ensure that it is up to date and meets the needs of the industry. And there's never been a more exciting time to join the School of Architecure and Built Environment as you'll be studying at our new super-campus!

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. See where you could be studying!

Take a look at our amazing campus.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of Design Procedures, Technology, Procurement and Contracts and Professional Practice.
  • Apply design concepts and understand the ways that needs analysis, marketing, aesthetics, development and preparation of a design brief/specification lead to an appropriate solution and drawing preparation.
  • Critically evaluate novel problems, interpret and synthesise technological data and apply this knowledge in the development of creative, innovative and inclusive architectural solutions.
  • Develop design schemes using appropriate methods and materials and effectively communicate design and technology information through a range of techniques including the use of ICT.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of management of the design environment including project management, time / cost factors and ethical and legal responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate a range of key skills required in practice namely communication, numeracy, IT, working with others, improving own learning and performance, and problem solving.
  • Knowledge of building and construction and the ability to use construction/design software.
  • A range of transferable skills including critical thinking skills, verbal communication and analytical thinking.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £8600 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £ per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £8600 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £8600 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £ per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or an accepted equivalent. 


  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma requires candidates to accumulate 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma PP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

All applicants will be required to provide a digital portfolio. Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us who you are, your creative ability and your potential. More information on what we expect from a portfolio can be found at

Those meeting the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview / portfolio review. More information on what we expect from a portfolio can be found at

Those who do not meet the standard entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

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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