Diploma in Sustainable Construction @ SCQF Level 6 (C&G)


These qualifications have been developed to provide those with an interest in working in the construction industry with the knowledge required to ensure that new builds and retrofitted buildings are carried out with suitable environmentally sympathetic equipment, and offer their customers advice on energy consumption and selection of the most appropriate equipment.
The qualifications have been developed to provide competently qualified operatives, supervisors and site managers undertaking new builds or the retrofitting of domestic homes with the additional knowledge required to fit sustainable equipment.




Attendance: Full Time - Blended approach - attendance either in college or online for 2 days per week

Ideally you would be looking to gain employment or work experience within the industry for the days that you are not in college.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 3 National 5 at level 3 or equivalent with at least one of these qualifications in English, Maths, ICT or a Science.

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 6.
  • 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.

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. 

  • Describe the differences between a terraced, semi-detached and detached house?
  • Describe the between a traditional solid brick wall and a brick cavity wall?  
  • Describe how you would calculate the loft area of a rectangular bungalow requiring additional loft insulation?
  • Describe what an air source heat pump does?
  • Name three things that can easily and affordably reduce energy costs in your home. 

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 from the Diploma in Sustainable Construction award will give you the knowledge and skills required to progress in either further academic studies or in a related construction career. 

Mandatory units are: -  
  • Waste and Waste Management
  • Energy in Buildings
  • Water Use and Harvesting
  • Airtight Technologies
Optional units may include some of the following: - 
  • Environmental Impact of Buildings
  • Materials and Products
  • Low Carbon Techniques and Technologies
  • Sustainable Building Standards, Regulations and Methodologies
  • Solar Thermal Technologies
  • Heat Pump Technologies



Units are assessed against learning outcome assessment criteria


Successful students with a positive learner reference will be able to progress onto the HNC Built Environment course.


On completion learners will gain the skills and knowledge required to progress into employment, offering learners the chance to develop their skills and knowledge to a high standard recognised by the industry.

Career Prospects

This qualification can help you to progress in a wide range of construction roles, including:

  • General builders
  • Supervisors
  • Site managers.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for bursary or EMA funding for this course, please contact a member of the student funding team for 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.