Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology

West Lothian College


This course is intended for prospective students who are intent on a career in architecture, architectural design or as an architectural technician.

There is a strong emphasis on developing architectural related skills, appreciation of the design process and implementing design ideas. You will gain a technical understanding of how buildings put together, how they function and the architect’s role throughout the process.

You will learn & develop architectural 2D and 3D modelling as well as professional roles in the changing architectural disciplines:
Architectural CADT: Principles & Practice; Architectural CADT: Residential Design; Architectural CADT: Construction Detailing; CAD User Systems; Architectural Professional Practice; Architectural Design Principles; Building Information Modelling (BIM) Principles; CAD: Visualisation, Rendering and Presentation; Architectural CADT: Building Technologies; CADT - Graded Unit Project; Statutory control;
BIM residential.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers and relevant subjects at National 5 including a science or technological subject and preferably Maths. Or a relevant Foundation Apprenticeship, or relevant SVQ in construction, or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

Progression Routes

Relevant degree course.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy