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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is for those wanting to develop skills, knowledge and experience for work in the construction industry in areas such as quantity surveying or as an architectural technician, and provides the grounding for technician-level posts and more advanced study.

The course is mostly theory and also includes site visits.

  • What the course includes

    The course is classroom-based with practical experience in workshops and though field trips and site visits. It includes:

    • Domestic Building Services
    • Construction Technology: Groundworks and Substructure
    • Construction Technology: Superstructure and Finishes
    • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction
    • Construction Calculations
    • Construction Materials: An Introduction
    • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
    • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
    • Built Environment Project
    • Sustainable Design for Architecture
    • Mathematics: Craft 1
    • Modern Methods of Construction: An Introduction
    • Construction Project Management: An Introduction

Why choose this course

NC Built Environment is the ideal introduction to a wide range of construction disciplines. It is aimed at prospective students who are interested in a dynamic, varied and financially rewarding construction-related career, but did not gain the necessary qualifications at school, or have no relevant experience.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of construction and equips learners with knowledge, skills and the confidence to progress to further study at HNC level, or apply for trainee employment, in a construction technician role.

Entry requirements

  • Intermediate 2 or National 4/5 in English, Science, Mathematics or appropriate subjects or;
  • National Certificate in related discipline or;
  • Construction craft qualification combined with further study before/along with NC programme or;
  • SCQF level 5 in construction/engineering or;
  • Relevant industrial experience/similar qualifications
  • Those without the above qualifications but with relevant life or work experience are encouraged to apply

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

  • Where it leads

    Education: successful completion of this course provides access to study at HNC level, available courses including;

    HNC Construction Technician (Built Environment)
    HNC Construction Management
    HNC Architectural Technology
    HNC Quantity Surveying
    HNC Building Surveying

    Employment: in the construction sector, for example as an architectural technologist; trainee site manager, or progression to a Modern Apprenticeship

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

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 and/or participatory group session
  • 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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