Introduction

The purpose of the course is to develop the general skills, technical knowledge, understanding and employability skills needed within the sector. Learners will develop a sustainable building project design, through a complementary workshop and have face-to-face engagement with industry professionals. There are many opportunities for cross-curricular learning and to gain knowledge in practical skills, which would be needed to embark on an exciting career in the Construction and Built Environment sector of the industry. This provides qualification routes that will raise achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects as well as other aspects of the wider curriculum such as digital literacy, problem solving, team working, Citizenship and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PHSE) education.

Location:

Dumfries

Duration

3 hours per week on the College campus

Entry Requirements

The aptitude to work at SCQF level 4 or above for English, Maths and other related Technical, Graphical & Science subjects.

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.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. Name and describe two professional occupations found in the construction industry, including what type of work is involved?
  2. Explain what is meant by sustainable building design
  3. Identify 3 building types (e.g. house = residential) most commonly found in the UK
  4. Describe what is meant by a 3D model?
  5. Explain what the difference is between a functional and decorative finish?

Course Content

This a predominantly theory course with the following topics covered:
•The Construction Industry and Principles of Building Design.
•The Built Environment Design Project
•3D Modelling for the Built Environment Interior and Exterior Finishes

Assessments

Units are assessed against learning outcome assessment criteria

Progression

Automatic entry will be granted to any College Academy candidate looking to enroll on a full time construction course for next academic year providing that you have displayed the appropriate level of commitment, attitude, and passion to progress with a career in the construction industry and you are able to meet the entry criteria.

Career Prospects

Progression onto higher level study or a career in one of the following:
The Built Environment including: •Architecture •Civil Engineering •Other associated Design and Sustainability subjects

Additional funding information

N/A

Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email hodgsonm@dumgal.ac.uk

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.