National Certificate in Architecture and Interior Design

National Certificate in Architecture and Interior Design

The National Certificate (NC) in Architecture and Interior

Design at SCQF level 6 is a practical qualification that will provide learners with the skills that they will need to progress to employment and/or further study, in architecture or interior design.

This National Certificate is widely available in FE colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The NC in Architecture and Interior Design at SCQF level 6 is a flexible Group Award that can be offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

There are opportunities for individualised learning programmes involving self-directed study and self-assessment.

This qualification is based on National Occupational Standards and is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Who does this qualification suit

The NC in Architecture and Interior Design is suitable for young people and adults who wish to pursue further study or enter a career in architecture or interior design.

Access

While entry to the award is at the discretion of the centre, it would be advantageous if the candidates have an interest in architecture or interior design.

Progression

There are opportunities to progress to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Architectural Technology or HNC in Construction, or to pursue further study within creative industries courses such as the HNC in Digital Media, HNC in Contemporary Art Practice, HNC in 3D Design or HNC in Visual Communication.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval (98 KB).

How to assess

The NC has been developed to facilitate flexible delivery and integrate learning and assessment. A holistic approach to the delivery and assessment of the award is recommended, where possible.

Assessment is intended to be practical in nature, reflecting the nature of the interior design and architectural professions.

Peer assessment is an important feature of the assessment strategy as architecture is a career within the public domain and the use of critique both informs and develops an architect’s style.

There are opportunities for theory-based topics to be assessed by multiple-choice online assessments with the use of multimedia technologies (eg video capture and interactive learning).

Qualification content and delivery tools

Overview

Group Award Code: GG0L 46 (72 SCQF points) at SCQF level 6

The National Certificate in Architecture and Interior Design at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory Units and 18 optional Units at SCQF levels 5 and 6.

For further information on the units and structure of the qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification document.

Arrangements Documents