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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
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    SCQF Level:   06


This course is for those wanting to develop skills, knowledge and experience for work in the construction industry in areas such as construction, construction engineering, structural engineering and other specialist areas.

This course gives the grounding for progression into further study at a higher level at college or university. The course content includes theory and site visits and supported with work placements for you to gain direct experience of the construction industry.

Read about Gemma Hay's West Lothian College experience here


  • What the course includes

    The course is classroom based with practical experience gained from workshops, field trips and site visits. It includes:

    • Civil engineering site works
    • Computer aided draughting
    • Modern methods of construction
    • Health and safety in a construction environment
    • Modern methods of construction
    • Mathematics
    • Civil engineering technology
    • Civil engineering materials

Why choose this course

You will have the chance to learn through work experience and volunteering and develop skills to help support progression to other higher level programmes or into employment.

Entry requirements

  • Three Standard Grades at level 3 (General) or above or
  • Intermediate 2 or national level 4/5 in English, science, mathematics or appropriate technical subjects (mathematics is strongly recommended) or
  • NC in a related discipline. We welcome applicants with relevant experience.
  • Prospects

    Education: HNC in civil engineering and related disciplines; entry to university degree courses; SVQ level 3 or 4 construction: technical Modern Apprenticeship frameworks.

    Employment: trainee technician post in the construction/civil engineering industry.

Interview arrangements

If we want to interview you, 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 staff from the department

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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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.