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Building Surveying HND

(SCQF level 8)

Built Environment, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

27th Aug 2018, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This stimulating, learner-focused course 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.

The technician level qualification combines a broad-based first-year curriculum with a more specialist second-year curriculum, which will provide you with the skills required for employment in this sector.

This is a two-year HND which accepts direct entrants to year two of the course.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Year one:

  • Two Higher 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 show the commitment and capacity needed to cope with the academic content of the course.

Year two:

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, so each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in the subject.

What you study

Year one:
  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing.
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies.
  • Building Science.
  • Building Services.
  • CAD 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.
Year two:
  • Building Inspection.
  • Building Maintenance Technology.
  • Building Services: Heating, Lighting and 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.

You'll 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 you an understanding of contemporary relevance.

After the course


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 Edinburgh Napier universities in:

  • Construction Management.
  • Construction Project Management.
  • Quantity Surveying or Building Surveying.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome