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Building Surveying HND

(SCQF level 8)

Built Environment, Creative Industries

Apply for year one entry Apply for year two entry

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 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 Highers at Grade C or above in appropriate subjects such as English, Mathematics or a Science subject; OR
  • National Certificate at SCQF level 6 in Built Environment; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Year two:

  • HNC Built Environment.
  • It may also be possible to gain entry with an HNC in Building Surveying. This will depend on the units that have been covered in the HNC.  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.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing.
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies.
  • Building Science.
  • Building Services.
  • Built Environment Graded Unit.
  • CAD 2D.
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals.
  • Construction Materials and Specification.
  • Construction Site Surveying.
  • Construction Technology: Domestic Construction.
  • Construction Technology: Substructure.
  • Mathematics for the Built Environment.
  • Statutory Control of Buildings.
  • Structural Mechanics.
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction.

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:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome