HNC Computer Aided Draughting and Design candidate information

HNC/HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design

The HNC Computer Aided Draughting and Design will develop a comprehensive level of knowledge and practical skills in traditional CADD topics, as well as the more advanced features of modern software. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the design process, and of how CADD can help in achieving a desirable design solution.

The HNC allows you to specialise in disciplines such as Visualisation and Animation, Feature Based Modelling, Architectural CAD, Graphical Design, CAD Systems Management, Prototyping, Manufacturing, and Materials. You will also develop your analysis and synthesis skills.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Having achieved the HNC, you could go on to employment as a CADD Technician/Operator or Junior Designer in a variety of industries including: Architecture and Construction; Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Fabrication, and Manufacturing); Furniture and Interior Design; and Product Design.

With the HNC award, you will be able to progress to the HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design course. You may also be able to progress to a degree course. You should check with your centre for any arrangements they have with universities.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. As a guide, examples of suitable access qualifications include:

  • Certificate in CAD (SQA PDA) an NC in a related discipline (eg Engineering, Architecture, Furniture design)
  • a suitable group of Standard Grades, which must include Graphical Communication (or equivalent)
  • a Higher in Graphical Communication (or equivalent)
  • an HNC in a related discipline eg Engineering, Architecture
  • CAD qualifications from other awarding bodies
  • a degree in a suitable discipline