Candidates will gain contemporary vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. They will also learn to take responsibility for their own learning and develop abilities to be flexible and to work co-operatively with others.
Attendance: Full Time - Blended approach - attendance either in college or online for 2 - 2.5 days per week.
Opportunities also exist to enable learners to attend part-time on a day release or infill basis.
Independent study time is also required.
To be 16 years of age or over by 30th September and one of the following:
If currently at college studying construction, achieve a positive learner reference from your personal tutor confirming that you have the ability to successfully complete this course.
Achieve a Minimum of two Highers (i.e. Maths, Physics, Chemistry or English) at grade C or above
English and Maths at National 5 level at grade C or above
Entry may still be possible particularly for mature students, depending on prior knowledge, qualifications and construction experience, please note this down in your personal statement and further discussion can take place at interview stage
Applicants must also:
- Display a passion for a career in the construction industry in their personal statement and during the application and interview process.
- Demonstrate the ability to work at SCQF level 7.
- Be motivated and have a good time keeping and attendance history.
- Previous students at the college may also require a positive progressing learner reference.
- Attend an information and interview session should you be offered one on the given date and time.
Prior to the information and interview session you will be required to research the answers to the preset questions detailed in the ‘Information and Interview Session Requirements’ section
During the information and interview session, applicants will have a short interview with a member of staff to reveal their answers to the preset questions and discuss their suitability for the course prior to a decision being made about their application.
Information and Interview Session Requirements
Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!
This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.
During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.
During your information and interview session, lecturers will be looking at the following criteria:
- How you present yourself at interview.
- How committed you are to a future career in construction.
- Knowledge of progression routes for your chosen course.
- The level of research and accuracy of responses to the 5 general construction questions below.
You may bring some notes to help you answer your responses.
- If you were working as a technician in an Architect's office, what type of activities would you expect to carry out?
- Describe Planning Legislation and where a member of the public would look for information or seek advice relating to applying for Planning Permission in their local area?
- Why are Building Regulations important to everyone involved in the design and construction of a building and who checks that buildings meet the standards? https://www.dumgal.gov.uk/building
- How does a designer make sure a new build is energy efficient and sustainable? https://www.gov.scot/policies/building-standards/monitoring-improving-building-regulations/
5. Describe the differences between Sub-structure and Super-structure?
You are required to provide at the mandatory information and interview session, any relevant qualifications you currently possess or one positive reference from a previous colleague or employer who can confirm that you have previously worked in a similar environment and that you have the ability and correct attitude to complete this particular course.
Don't worry if you are waiting on results for this academic year, we can still complete the interview process and your application will be processed pending achieving the recommended entry criteria qualifications.
Delivery of the following units will give you the knowledge and skills required to progress in either further academic studies or in a related construction career.
Amongst others units are based around: -
- Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing
- Building Measurement and Cost Studies
- Environmental Building Science
- Construction Materials and Specification
- Construction Site Surveying
- Construction Technology
- CAD - Computer-aided design
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.
This course offers you individual introductory units at level 6 that may enable you to pursue a career as a professional technician in the Built Environment. An example of this could be
- Architectural Technician
- Building Surveyor
- Site Supervisor
- Quantity Surveyor
- Construction Manager
Additional funding information
You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. Please visit their website: www.saas.gov.uk for further details.