Construction Students In Stores
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications are temporarily on hold

The construction industry needs more than just traditional trades, it requires well-trained and qualified people as managers, technologists and technicians.

This NC Construction: Built Environment entry level course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for employment in a dynamic construction industry. There are so many aspects to construction for the appropriately trained; organising resources, materials, labour, and planning, as well as monitoring construction quality and progress.

This course allows you to work in the construction industry without following a traditional apprenticeship route, but can also enhance the opportunity for you to be taken on as an apprentice.

What will I learn?

This course is predominantly theory-based with a small practical element.

During the course  you will learn a  whole range of vital industry skills:

  • Construction Technology: Substructure and Superstructure
    – have you ever thought about what happens below ground to hold up the variety of buildings you see above ground?
  • Modern Methods of Construction: An opportunity to compare the traditional methods of construction with the modern methods being  used applying new technology and materials 
  • Health and Safety: This is very important on every construction site and is essential knowledge for everyone who works there
  • Construction Materials: The variety of materials used in the industry 
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction – a practical opportunity to work with complex surveying instruments in the setting out and levelling methods of simple buildings
  • Building Environment Project: You will produce a portfolio for a specific job which will require you to incorporate knowledge learnt from all the course units.

Employer and industry links

We have contacts in the industry with prospects for the right candidates to experience a work placement, with the potential of the work placement leading to employment. 

Jobs and further study

Successful completion of this course will allow progression to the HNC Construction Management programme or to go directly into employment within the industry.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two National 5 or equivalent, in Maths or English, and Craft and Design or Product Design, or
  • NPA Construction or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications, but who have relevant life and/or work experience
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirements equivalency table

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection is by interview for external candidates. Please bring your qualifications, photographic ID and references with you.
  • During the interview, you are expected to express your interest in construction and your reasons for applying
  • You should take two references to your interview, along with your most up-to-date qualifications.
  • If you are already studying a construction course and are progressing, you should apply and bring an internal reference.
  • Selection interviewing will take place from Thursday 23 April 2020 onwards and you will be informed of the outcome by the end of May.


  • You will receive one of the following outcomes:
    • An unconditional place: Your place is guaranteed on return of your acceptance.
    • A conditional place: Your place is secured once you meet the conditions set
    • Reserve list: The course is full and you have been placed on a waiting list. If any places become available, you may be contacted.
    • Unsuccessful: You have not met the entry criteria
  • Student Advice can be contacted to discuss alternative options if unsuccessful.
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. student funding.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3339