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


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

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.

  • What the course includes

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

    • Construction Contracts & Procedures
    • Substructure
    • Domestic Construction
    • Industrial & Commercial Construction
    • 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
    • BIM Principles
    • 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 Developments Limited and Morrison Construction.

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, architecture, site management and 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 two Highers and relevant passes at Standard Grade or
  • Credit/National 5 (preferably maths) 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

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Further Study - Degree Courses

    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 Quantity Surveying
    • BSc Hons Building Surveying


    Glasgow Caledonian University (articulation agreement)

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



    Heriot Watt University

    • BSc Hons Construction Project management
    • BSc Hons Quantity Surveying


    Further Study - HND Courses

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


    Where It Leads…



    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
    • SHEQ 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. 

Fees, Finance and Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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