Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology is a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering. At its core, is the anatomy and physiology of a building or structure, its relation to context, how it is assembled and how it performs through form, function, and fabric. Architectural Technology achieves efficient and effective construction and robust sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time.

Course Highlights

The learners on successful completion of the course can register to The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists which is the qualifying body for Architectural Technology as a Professionally Qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT (Technician member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists), or as a MCIAT (Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technicians).

The Professionally Qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT (Technician member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) specialize in the application of technology in architecture and are an integral supporting part of the design team specializing in the research of products, processes, legislation, and technology as well as detailing, designs, and drawings.

The Chartered Architectural Technologists, MCIAT, (Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technicians) are qualified to offer design services and manage projects from inception to completion and lead the technological design of a project, forming the link between concept, innovation, and realization. They work closely with architects and other building professionals, providing architectural design services and solutions on construction projects. As specialists in the science of architecture, building design and construction, they negotiate and develop an architectural project and manage the process from conception through to completion. This includes architectural design management, contract management and post-construction work.

Architectural technicians/technologists also evaluate and advise on refurbishment, repair, reuse, recycling, and deconstruction of buildings. An architectural technologist has a broader range of skills than a technician and will contribute more to the design and construction process, including contract management, certification, and post-construction work.

Year 1
  • Architectural Design sketching and drawing
  • Building Services: An Introduction
  • Construction Materials and Specifications
  • Design of Building Structures
  • Architectural Procedures
  • CAD:2D 1
  • Construction Technology: Domestic Construction
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Statutory Control of Buildings
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Building Services in Large Buildings
  • Construction Technology: Industrial / Commercial Superstructure
  • Architectural Technology: Graded Unit 1
Year 2
  • Building Science
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals
  • Architecture: Influences on the Development of Scottish Architecture
  • Construction Site Surveying A
  • CAD: Architectural 1
  • Building Services: Heating, Lighting and Acoustics
  • Construction Technology: Specialist Systems
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies
  • Scottish Law for Construction
  • Standard Forms of Construction Contracts
  • Fire Safety in Buildings
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
  • Architectural Technology: Graded Unit 2

Entry Requirements:

  • Students to hold a minimum of 55 % aggregate in CBSE Grade X/ Cambridge “O” level/equivalent (Preferred Subjects – Science and Mathematics/ Technical Subjects).
  • Successful completion of a relevant UAE equivalent National Certification of 6 or above.
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered.


The SQA Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology can provide advanced entry to degree-level study.

Career Opportunities:

  • Build a start-up.
  • Architectural Technician
  • Contract Management
  • Senior Architectural Technician
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