HND Building Surveying (SCQF level 8)

Overview

About This Course: 

This is a two-year HND which accepts direct entrants to Year 2 of the course. For information on entry to Year 2, click the 'Year 2 Entry' tab above. For information on entry to Year 1 please see below.

This stimulating, learner-focused programme is delivered by highly professional teaching staff with significant construction industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

Building Surveyors provide professional advice on property and construction, which spans across residential, commercial, industrial, leisure and agriculture projects ranging from the design of large, multimillion-pound structures to modest adaptations and repairs, and sometimes includes working with buildings of architectural or historic importance. Building Surveyors often work on preventative measures to keep buildings in good condition and look for ways to make buildings sustainable. The HND in Building Surveying is a technician level qualification that combines a broad-based construction industry specific first year curriculum with a more specialist second year curriculum that equips you with the skills required for employment in this specialist industry sector.

During your studies you will:

  • Develop your technical knowledge and understanding
  • Develop the practical skills required to excel as a Building Surveyor
  • Have the opportunity to develop and apply your critical reasoning and analysis skills to solve construction problems, using current industry standards and by applying contemporary industry techniques
  • Develop your personal and business skills, equipping you to contribute to the demands of a professional environment.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/.

Minimum Entry Requirements: 
  • Two Higher Grade passes, preferably including Mathematics or a Science; OR
  • A National Certificate in Built Environment or equivalent qualification at SCQF level 6; OR
  • Relevant construction industry experience and the ability to evidence the commitment and capacity required to cope with the academic content of the course.
Additional Selection Requirements: 

You will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

Location: 

City Campus North Hanover Street.

More Information

What You Study: 

The units undertaken during the first year of your studies enable you to build an expansive knowledge of the construction industry, as well as gain the essential skills you will build on during your advanced studies in Building Surveying.

During your first year the topics you will study include:

  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies
  • Building Science
  • Building Services: Introduction
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) 2D
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals
  • Construction Materials and Specification
  • Construction Site Surveying
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction
  • Construction Technology: Domestic Construction
  • Construction Technology: Substructure
  • Mathematics for Construction
  • Built Environment Graded Unit.

You will also benefit from hearing from visiting professionals from a range of disciplines, and will have the opportunity to go on site visits around the West of Scotland, giving your learning a strong sense of contemporary relevance.

Your second year subjects will reflect your chosen specialism and focus on the core Building Surveying skills. Further information on the specific subjects covered in the 2nd year can be found under the 'Year 2 Entry' tab at the top of the page

After The Course: 

Career

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Private practice surveying firms
  • Government and public authorities
  • Building control departments
  • Construction companies
  • Facilities management
  • Property companies.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress on to:

BSc (Hons) courses at Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Ediburgh Napier and others universities in:

  • Construction Management
  • Construction Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building Surveying.
How Long: 

Two years, starting in August 2015.

You can also leave after one year with a Higher National Certificate in Built Environment or can transfer on to one of the College's other construction related HND programmes (Architectural Technology, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying) subject to places being available.  

Year 2 Entry

What You Study: 

Your second year subjects will reflect your chosen specialism and focus on developing your technical and professional knowledge. 

During your second year the topics you will study include:

  • Building Inspection
  • Building Maintenance Technology
  • Building Services: Heating, Lighting & Acoustics
  • Construction Technology: Industrial and Commercial Superstructure
  • Construction Technology: Specialist Systems
  • Conversion and Adaptation of Buildings
  • Design of Building Structures
  • Facilities Management: Operational and Support Services
  • Statutory Control of Buildings
  • Surveying Historic Buildings
  • HND Building Surveying Graded Unit 2.

You will also benefit from hearing from visiting professionals from a range of disciplines, and will have the opportunity to go on site visits around the West of Scotland, giving your learning a strong sense of contemporary relevance.

Minimum Entry Requirements: 

HNC in Construction.

It may also be possible to gain entry with an HNC in Building Surveying. Students who gain entry with this qualification will require a bespoke infill programme and hence each application will be considered on an individual basis.

After The Course: 

Career

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Private practice surveying firms
  • Government and public authorities
  • Building control departments
  • Construction companies
  • Facilities management
  • Property companies

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress on to BSc (Hons) courses at Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt or Ediburgh Napier universities in:

  • Construction Management
  • Construction Project Management
  • Quantity Surveying or Building Surveying.
How Long: 

One year starting August.

Contact

Contact Name: 

Paul Lowne

Contact Number: 

0141 566 6222 ext. 4233

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