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 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.

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 Graphics plus English, Maths and a science or technological subject at National 5; 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



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