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School of Architecture and Built Environment

Architectural Design

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

The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.

The construction and built environment industry is the UK’s largest industry, employing circa 2.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 653K
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years), Part-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment

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 and BSc (Hons) Interior Architecture and Property Development.

Watch our video below featuring staff and students from the Architecture Department here at the University of Wolverhampton.

What happens on the course?



Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Design technicians are employed by Architects, Contractors as well as commissioning client organisations such as commercial clients, local authorities, public bodies and government departments concerned with the Built Environment provision.

Successful completion of the HND in Architectural Design will also enable you to progress onto one of our accredited and recognised degree qualifications which will form the basis for excellent career prospects as an architectural technologist throughout the world. The architectural technologist works closely with architects and other building professionals in both the public and private sectors.

Additional Information

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.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence.  Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield 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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £ per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £ per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

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

2020 Entry

  • 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

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 and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


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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