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HNC Built


  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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This course is for ambitious students who are intent on a career in the construction industry, but are unsure which aspect of construction will interest them. The course is structured to cover a broad range of technical construction knowledge, to develop and enhance existing skills, and equip the student for progression to university or the workplace.

You will gain work-related skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills; you will meet employers through site visits and work placements; and work with technicians and university staff at Edinburgh Napier University in practical sampling and testing labs.

Read about Martyna Munro's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

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

    • Computer Aided Draughting (CAD)
    • Architectural Design
    • Construction Site Surveying
    • Substructure methods
    • Domestic Construction
    • Building Measurement & Cost Studies (Quantity Surveying)
    • Modern Methods & Sustainable Construction
    • Structural Mechanics
    • Building Services
    • Construction Materials Testing & Specification
    • Environmental Building Science
    • Construction Health & Safety
    • Mathematics For The Built Environment
    • Construction Fundamentals
    • 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)

Entry requirements

  • NC in a related discipline or;
  • Minimum two Highers 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.

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 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.

    Former students have found employment with TC Facility Management and  Barratt Developments


    An HNC is a recognised qualification which can help you:

    1. start your career, as a trainee in a technical role
    2. Leave the tools behind and upgrade to a supervisory role
    3. 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

Interview arrangements

If you are selected for interview, we will email or write to you with the date and time. You should plan to be in college for up to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications or employment references.

The interview involves:

  • Arrival, welcome and course overview
  • Individual aptitude tests
  • Individual interview and the chance to discuss the course with two members of staff from the department

This interview may be conducted by phone or online.

Fees, Finance & 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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