The University of Wolverhampton

HNDArchitectural Design

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?

In Year 1, you will be studying the following modules:

Furniture Detailing and Realisation

Applied Design Studio

Architectural Detailing (Technology)

Design Studio (Art, Drawing, Process and Models)

Professional and Environmental Studies

Digital Design

In Year 2, you will be studying the following modules:

Group Construction Project

Advanced Construction, Structure and Service

Conversation, Preservation and Conversion

Production Information & Specification

Property Re-use

Built Environment Legislation

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4. No equivalences are accepted.


  • A minimum grade of C or 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.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £8,400 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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

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