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Gemma Hay edit


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


This course is for those looking to develop skills, knowledge and experience for work in the construction industry in areas such as environmental civil engineering, 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, site visits and is supported with work placements for you to gain direct experience of the construction engineering 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 Materials
    • Civil Engineering Project
    • Civil Engineering Site Work
    • Civil Engineering Technology
    • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction
    • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
    • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
    • Mathematics: Craft 1
    • Mechanics for Construction: An Introduction
    • Construction Engineering Mathematics
    • Construction Technology: Groundworks and Substructure
    • Construction Calculations
    • Modern Methods of Construction: An Introduction
    • Construction Project Management: An Introduction

Why choose this course

NC Civil Engineering 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 career in civil engineering, 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 civil or construction technician role.

Entry requirements

  • Intermediate 2 or National 5 in Maths, plus two other appropriate subjects, such as English, Science, or;
  • NC in a related discipline
  • We welcome applicants with relevant experience
  • 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 Civil Engineering, Environmental Civil Engineering, (or related disciplines), at HNC level, providing advanced entry (2nd year) to university degree courses; SVQ level 3 or 4 construction: technical Modern Apprenticeship frameworks.

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