HNC Built Environment

Start Date: August 2018
Level of Qualification: HNC
SCQF Level: 7

The HNC in Built Environment develops knowledge and skills in areas such as building measurement and cost studies, environmental building science, building services, construction materials and specifications, as well as sustainability and modern methods of construction.

Candidates will gain contemporary vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. They will also learn to take responsibility for their own learning and develop abilities to be flexible and to work co-operatively with others.


One academic year


You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of construction disciplines which will prepare you for further study or employment in the construction industry. During the year you will develop skills and knowledge in building design and technology, building services, computer aided drawing, health and safety, construction materials, mechanics for construction, modern construction methods, and sustainability in the building industry.

The course is taught within a classroom environment with practical experience gained from workshops, field trips and site visits.


You will have the opportunity to develop yourself through Work experience and Volunteering.



Learners who enter with at least one of the following qualifications are likely to benefit more readily from the programme:

  • An NC or HNC in a related discipline
  • At least one Higher level pass, with appropriate supporting passes at Standard Grade
  • Credit/National level 5 in appropriate subjects, which should include science and/or technology
  • An SVQ in Construction or a related discipline
  • A craft qualification combined with appropriate further study, prior to, or in parallel with, the HNC programme
  • Relevant industrial experience or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Selection is by interview and a short test.

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Education: Learners who achieve an HNC Built Environment can progress to the HND in Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Construction Management, and Quantity Surveying. Successful students may have the opportunity to progress to Edinburgh Napier University Construction Degree Courses (Direct entry into year 2).

Employment: Possible progression to a supervisory or technician post in the construction industry.

Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). The HNC Built Environment provides a range of skills which support learning in the SVQ 3 and SVQ 4 Construction: Technical Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks.

Interview arrangements

If you receive an email or letter inviting you to interview at West Lothian College then please attend on the date and time stated. Please bring evidence of your qualifications and any employment references you may have. Please meet at the main college reception and  be prepared to be in College for up to three hours.


The outline for the interview session is as follows:

  • Arrival, welcome and course overview.
  • Individual aptitude tests to be completed. Support can be made available if requested.
  • There will be an individual interview and the chance to discuss the course with two members of staff from the department.

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