The application of Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) is a powerful means of illustrating 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional and animated drawings, using the latest in computer technology. 

This highly sought after HNC equips you with the necessary skills to enter the design labour market, or to progress onto a higher level qualification in this specialist field. 

  • Skills developed the use of 3D and 3D drawing packages using AutoDesk Software packages such as; AutoCAD 2023, Inventor 2023 and Revit 2023
  • One year full-time
  • Part-time (min 3 hours/week typically Wednesday 6-9pm or Friday 2-5pm)
  • Enrolment for part time can take place throughout the academic year 
  • CAD: 2D I (using AutoCAD 2023)
  • CAD: 2D II (using AutoCAD 2023)
  • Architectural CADT: Principles and Practice  (AutoCAD 2023)
  • CAD: 3D surface and solid modelling (using AutoCAD 2023)
  • CAD: user systems (using Microsoft Office)
  • CAD: feature based modelling (using Inventor 2023)
  • CAD: principles (using Inventor 2023)
  • Design methodology
  • Cad: 3D printing and scanning
  • CAD: architectural 1 (using Revit 2023)
  • Graded unit (using Inventor 2023 or Revit 2023)
  • Communication

One of the following:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • One Higher at Grade C or above plus three National 5s at Grade C or above, one of which would preferably be Graphic Communication
  • National Certificate: Engineering Systems SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • Another relevant course at SCQF Level 6 accompanied with a good academic reference recommending articulation to a higher level
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • HND: Architectural Technology SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 access only)
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information
  • CAoperator/technician

  • Architectural technician

  • Building Surveyor

  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise