HND Architectural Conservation candidate information

The HND Architectural Conservation will provide you with:

  • a range and depth of knowledge of the architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry
  • an understanding of the relationships between the component parts of the architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry
  • knowledge of the processes and disciplines followed in the wider architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry
  • the broad-based and specialist technical skills necessary in the wider architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry

You will also develop planning, analysis, synthesis, study and research skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

You could be employed as: Architectural Assistant, Building Surveying Assistant, Building Control Assistant, Assistants to Conservation Officer.

If you come from a specialist traditional skills background, eg slating, plastering, sheet leadwork or stonemasonry, may find that the HND enhances your chances of obtaining contract work from such bodies as Historic Scotland or preservation trusts.

Completion of the HND may allow entry to the 2nd or 3rd year of degree courses at many universities. You should speak to your centre about progression to degree courses.

Entry

As with all SQA qualifications, access will be at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry requirements include:

  • A National Qualification in Construction or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6, eg NC in the Built Environment; SVQ/NVQ level 3 or equivalent in Construction or a related area; SQA's National Progression Award for the Conservation of Masonry.
  • Relevant work experience in the construction or related industry.
  • Two appropriate National Qualification Highers at grade C or above, and four Standard Grades, including Mathematics and English, at grade 2 or above.

If English is not your first language, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ideally at level 5) is recommended.

Direct entry to the programme may be offered if you have other qualifications, providing the competences can be identified and are appropriate.