Industrial Action Message

Skip to Content
Male construction student drilling in a doorway
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications are now closed.

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 Level 6 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, including organising resources, materials, labour, planning and 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 NQ Construction: Built Environment course, you will learn a 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.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two National 5s, or equivalent, in Maths or English, and Craft and Design or Product Design; OR
  • NPA Construction, or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 5; OR
  • Applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications, but who have relevant life and/or work experience.

Entry requirements equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

We have contacts in the industry with prospects for the right students to experience a work placement, with the potential of the work placement leading to employment. We with with major construction companies such as Morrison Construction, Keepmoat Homes and Ashleigh Construction. As well as connecting students with great work placements, we frequently hold employer events for students to engage with company representatives. 

Jobs and further study

Successful completion of this course will allow progression to HNC Construction Management at Glasgow Clyde College, or to direct employment within the industry.

Take a look at the course progression map for construction courses.

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 (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session. During the interview you will be expected to express your interest in construction and your reasons for applying. A short project will be required to be completed as part of your interview. You should take two references to the interview, along with copies of your most recent qualifications. 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

Interviews will take place from April onwards. If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3339