Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology

Forth Valley College


Falkirk Campus


This course provides students with a comprehensive range of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and architectural technology related skills and the knowledge required to operate effectively in the construction industry. Through practical and theoretical application and delivery, using the latest hardware and software, it enables students to achieve skills associated with CAD and building specification relative to a range of projects.

It also helps students to produce the required drawings to the correct industry standards and to comply with regulatory bodies such as planning and building control. Students will not only be trained in the operation and manipulation of the latest CAD programmes, but will learn the underpinning knowledge of the design, technology and science aspects of constructing building and structures.

Year 1:
History of Architecture; Construction Site Surveying; Architectural Professional Practice; Statutory Control of Buildings; Building Technologies; Architectural CAD Tech: Construction Detailing; Architectural CAD Tech: Principles and Practice; Architectural CAD Tech: Residential Design; Architectural: Form Order and Composition; CAD User Systems; HN Graded Unit 1; Building Measurement and Cost Studies.

Year 2:
Building Information Modelling (BIM) Science; Commercial Building Systems; Construction Tech: Substructure; Building Services; Advanced Digital Media; Site Administration; CAD Visualisation; CAD Model Making; Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings; Fire Safety in Buildings; Personal Development Planning; Architectural CAD Tech: Commercial Buildings Systems; Architectural CAD Tech: Structural Design and Detailing; HN Graded Unit 2.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers from English, Maths, Product Design and Graphic Communications plus National 5 English, Maths and a science or technological subject; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6; interview.

Progression Routes

Year 2 or 3 of a related degree programme

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years



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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