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  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Part-time


This course is for prospective students, keen on a professional role in the construction industry, or for experienced construction operatives, who are looking to up-skill and enhance their promotion prospects. 

Start Date: August 2023
Days of Week:  TBC
Time: 9am-4pm
Duration:  2 years
Cost: £750 per year

The course focuses on the key knowledge required by a construction technician, site supervisor/agent/manager, to provide a strong grounding in construction methods, procedures, organisation and contractual arrangements. 

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    What the course includes

    You will learn over 2 years contemporary technical roles, currently required by the construction industry: 

    • Construction Contracts & Procedures 
    • Substructures 
    • Domestic Construction 
    • Industrial & Commercial Construction Methods 
    • Construction Health & Safety 
    • Site Administration 
    • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) 
    • Building Services Introduction 
    • Building Services In Large Buildings 
    • Construction Site Surveying 
    • Building Measurement & Cost Studies (Quantity Surveying) 
    • Construction Materials Testing & Specification 
    • Construction Planning 
    • Graded Unit Project 

Why choose this course

Access To University 

Previous successful students are currently studying a variety of construction disciplines, at Edinburgh Napier, Heriot Watt and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. 


Our construction courses provide you with the technical knowledge to give you the edge in applying roles in the industry. West Lothian College has excellent links with local employers and is working in partnership with Winchburgh Development Organisation. Work placements opportunities will enhance learning and introduce you to industry employers. 

Professional Development 

Upgrade your skill-set to advance your chances of promotion and enhanced salary. 

Dedicated Teaching Staff 

Each of the construction lecturers have extensive, relevant experience in the fields of civil engineering, architectural design and house building. 

Flexible Delivery 

This course is available on a number of delivery modes: 

Full Time ( 3 days) 

Day release (1 day for two years) 

Evening (two evenings per week, for two years) 

Entry requirements

  • NC in a related discipline or 
  • Minimum one Higher level pass and relevant passes at Standard Grade or 
  • Credit/National 5 in relevant subjects, including science/technology or 
  • SVQ in construction or related discipline or 
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject or 
  • Craft qualification combined with appropriate further study before/along with HNC programme 

We consider relevant industrial experience/other qualifications on an individual basis.

  • Where it leads

    Successful completion of the HNC will allow students to apply for Year 2 entry to construction courses at: 

    Edinburgh Napier University (articulation agreement) 

    • BSc Hons Construction and Project Management 
    • BSc Hons Quantity Surveying 
    • BSc Hons Building Surveying 

    Glasgow Caledonian University 

    • BSc Hons Quantity Surveying 
    • BSc Hons Construction Management 
    • BSc Hons Building Surveying 

    Other Courses Available, 

    • BSc Hons Building Services Engineering 

    Heriot Watt University 

    • BSc Hons Construction & Built Environment 
    • BSc Hons Construction Project management 

    Other Courses Available, 

    • BSc Hons Quantity Surveying 

    Further Study - HND Courses 

    Continue studying your chosen field to HND level, at another institution. 


    The construction industry is a dynamic, interesting sector with many different, well paid, job roles. Every project differs from the previous one. Communication is key. Knowledge is essential. 

    An HNC is a recognised qualification which can help you: 

    • start your career, as a trainee in a technical role 
    • Leave the tools behind and upgrade to a supervisory role 
    • advance your career, to a technical role in one of the following fields: 
    • Construction technician 
    • Project manager 
    • Quantity surveyor 
    • Construction planner 
    • Building surveyor 
    • Estimator 
    • Buyer 
    • Sustainability manager 
    • Cost consultant 
    • Site manager 
    • Assistant site agent 
    • Supervisor 
    • Setting out surveyor 
    • Health & Safety manager 
    • Clerk of works 
    • Building inspector 
    • Contracts manager 
    • Logistics manager 

Interview arrangements

An interview is required, but this can be held either face to face, or by telephone.  

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