Built Environment SCQF Level 7

This course will prepare you for university degree level study, or provide those who are already working in the industry with a stronger, industry-relevant skill set.


Why take this course?

This course is designed for those who want to progress to university or those who are already working in the industry, who wish to build on their skills and perhaps work towards a promotion. It will allow you to acquire the abilities and attributes needed for educational and professional progression.

What you will experience


You will cover a range of subjects relevant to working as a construction professional including site surveying, substructure, superstructure and building science. You will also develop your practical skills in areas such as technical drawing, CAD and measurement and costing. 

Study requirements
  • Year 1 Day Release students: You will be expected to attend College for 6.5 hours per week for 37 weeks. The self-study requirements are up to 3 hours per week. 
  • Year 2 Day Release students: You will be expected to attend College for 6.5 hours per week for 32 weeks. The self-study requirements are up to 3 hours per week for 22 weeks, but please note that 10 weeks of the course will require significantly more self-study. 

This course will require commitment to self-study to keep up with course work and also preparation for assessment and examination.  The Graded Unit will demand significant commitment.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should preferably have two Highers, and Maths and English qualifications at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level. Successful completion of a related NC course is also acceptable.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Next steps



Popular career paths include work in construction, architecture, surveying and project management.


Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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