HNC Architectural Conservation candidate information

The HNC Architectural Conservation will provide you with:

  • knowledge of the processes and disciplines followed within the architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry
  • the broad based and specialist technical skills necessary for operating within architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry
  • skills in the information technology used in the architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry
  • an understanding of current developments in the architectural conservation and building surveying sectors of the building industry

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

Employment and progression opportunities

The HNC may provide opportunities for you to progress to employment in various sectors of the building industry, such as architectural conservation or building surveying. You could be employed as eg Architectural Assistant; Building Surveying Assistant; Building Control Assistant; Assistant to Conservation Officer.

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

Completing the HNC may enable you to enter the HND Architectural Conservation.

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
  • Work experience in the construction or related industry
  • One appropriate National Qualification Higher at grade C or above and four Standard Grades at grade 2 or above, including Mathematics and English

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.