Built Environment SCQF Level 6

Introducing you to important aspects of the built environment.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at those who wish to enter the industry as trainees or technicians in the offices of architects or surveyors, or those who wish to progress to the HNC Built Environment course. It is also suitable for those who are new to the industry in a technician’s role, who want to strengthen their existing skills.

What you will experience

This course will introduce you to fundamental concepts such as domestic building services, building technology, sustainable design for architecture and health and safety.

You will also develop important practical skills in technical drawing, CAD and construction calculations.

student holding model of house

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year

Entry requirements

Applicants should have qualifications at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level (preferably including English, Numeracy and a science subject) as well as National 4, Intermediate 1 or General level Maths, at a minimum. 

All other qualifications at National 4 or National 5 level will be taken into account.

Please note that applicants will also be asked to completed an aptitude test.

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

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to complete the HNC course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


Modern Apprenticeship opportunities may be available.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen Altens Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.