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Level 3 - Architectural Design Waikato Trades Academy

Architecture encompasses many different elements including construction, design, and the manipulation of light as it relates to shadow. Throughout history, architects have found ways to create functional and practical spaces using any materials that were available.

In this project based programme, students will gain the necessary skills and knowledge on the actual design and layout of spaces. It will introduce you to CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, and you will learn how it can be applied to some of the technical fields of construction; including carpentry, plumbing, cabinet making, joinery, engineering, electrical, etc. 


Upon successful completion of the programme you should be ready to begin an architecture qualification at Wintec.

Please note this programme is not confirmed. If you are interested, please indicate this on your decision form and we will keep you informed. Make sure you select another programme as well in case this does not run.

Please see for a comprehensive list of vocational opportunities in this Pathway.

Vocational Pathway: Construction and Infrastructure

Entry Level: To move on to year two you will need to have completed 80% of the available credits in year one.  All students re-enrolling must have achieved formal numeracy and literacy level 1 (20 credits) requirement in either achievement or unit standard.  If this requirement is not met entry may be granted at the discretion of the secondary school and the Youth Pathways Delivery Manager (please discuss with your school first if you fit into this criteria)

NCEA Level: 3

Number of Credits: 34 credits

Duration of Programme: 32 days  

Programme Structure: 1 day per week (8:30am - 3:00pm) during the school term.

Location: Wintec Rotokauri Campus, 51 Akoranga Rd Hamilton.

Cost: Free to the student.

Transport: To be arranged with your school and covered by WTA (if applicable)

Further Details:

You must enrol through your school. See your careers advisor.

Unit StandardTitleCreditLevelVersion
25210Demonstrate knowledge of space planning and kitchen appliances for use in a kitchen design 822
24362Demonstrate knowledge of working drawings and specifications for building work 331
26934Solve kitchen or bathroom design problems 1231
26946Demonstrate impact of design principles and elements on kitchen or bathroom designs 541
27274Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the impact of building construction on a kitchen or bathroom design 641
Total NZQA Credits34