Built Environment HNC @ SCQF Level 7


The HNC in Built Environment (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as building measurement and cost studies, environmental building science, building services, construction materials and specifications, as well as sustainability and modern methods of construction.
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.

Entry Requirements

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. 

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. 

Course Content

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


Units are assessed against learning outcome assessment criteria


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.

Career Prospects

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.

Selling Points

You will be taught by highly trained Construction and Built Environment staff with significant industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students. Students will enjoy the benefit of a blended delivery approach where they can learn from the comfort of their own home for some units whilst also meeting and interacting with classmates within college for other units.