Built Environment SCQF 6 (Thurso) NC

What is special about this course?

This course seeks to provide the essential skills and expertise needed for pursuing a professional career in the construction industry as a technician. While classroom instruction is the primary mode of learning, students also acquire practical experience through site visits, field trips, and workshops.

This programme serves as an excellent foundation for various HNC Construction courses. If you're currently employed in the industry, evening classes are available for your convenience or you can opt for full-time enrolment. Furthermore, this course offers a pathway for individuals who have completed Construction Skills SCQF 5 or the PDA Carpentry and Joinery SCQF 6 to advance their careers.

Entry requirements

Progression from Construction Skills SCQF 5

School leavers

  • Three National 5 Qualifications in Mathematics, English, Science, or an Appropriate Technical Subject.
  • SQA Skills for Work National 5 Construction would be advantageous
  • Satisfactory Interview

Mature Returning Students

  • Three National 5 Qualifications (or equivalent), in Mathematics, English, Science, or an Appropriate Technical Subject.
  • Competent knowledge of the Industry detailed in CV of site experience.
  • Satisfactory Interview.
  • Anyone who fails to hold Maths at this level would be required to undertake National 5 maths prior to undertaking this qualification.

The interview process for all candidates to be scored against qualifications, experience and knowledge, score sheet to be created.

  • 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
  • Construction Measurement and Costing
  • Drawing for Construction

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

Full-time: 1 Year – 34 Weeks

Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

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Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Completion of the NC in Built Environment may provide progression opportunities to:

  • an HNC/HND in a Built Environment discipline
  • HNC/HND Architectural Technology
  • HNC/HND Building Surveying
  • HNC/HND Construction Management
  • HNC/HND Quantity Surveying Course
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the construction sector, perhaps as an Architectural Technologist

Once in employment, many continue to study within a Modern Apprenticeship Framework.

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