HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design candidate information

HNC/HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design

The HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design is designed to meet the demands of employment in engineering, construction and design related industries. It will provide you with a range of contemporary vocational skills including the preparation, co-ordination and communication of technical information (including drawings, graphical information, reports and schedules); contributing to meeting relevant statutory regulations and controlling projects by monitoring agreed standards; and obtaining, recording and organising information.

The HND allows you to specialise in disciplines such as: Visualisation, Feature Based Modelling, Architectural CAD, Graphical Design, Manufacturing, Project Management, Product Design, and Analysis. You will also develop skills in study, research, analysis, and improve your ability to define and solve problems.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Having achieved the HND, you could go on to work as a CAD Technician, Draughtsman, Junior Designer or Designer. You could work in a range of disciplines, such as engineering design and manufacture, architectural design or detailing, product design, furniture design, interior design, landscape design, sign design, jewellery design, and civil or structural design. You may decide to work freelance or use your entrepreneurial skills to take advantage of opportunities that arise.

The HND CADD provides progression routes to a range of university programmes, including: Year 3 of University of Paisley BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Draughting and Design, and Year 2 of Napier University BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology.

The HND may enable you to achieve professional body recognition, in particular but not exclusively, from the Institution of Engineering Designers, initially as studied and potentially progressing to full membership, and either Eng Tech, Eng or CEng recognition.


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