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Built Environment NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Built Environment, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


Would you like to work in the construction industry in roles such as a Quantity surveying or Architectural technician? This course offers a nationally recognised qualification that prepares you for an entry-level technician position in the Construction Industry, or paves the way for further study (read the ‘After The Course” section below to find out more). 

Although mainly theory-based, the course offers practical site visits to help you place your learning in context, with opportunities found within Glasgow wherever possible. During the course, you'll receive all the basic knowledge and skills you need, delivered by staff with first-hand industry experience.

The NC Built Environment course is a great launchpad for a career in the Construction Industry as well as an ideal starting point if you:

  • Want to build your confidence in engaging in academic learning.
  • Have previously failed to achieve the results that demonstrate your full potential.
  • Are returning to learning after a break.

Find useful resources and case studies on the Built Environment Forum Scotland website.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English, Mathematics and a Science subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

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 this subject area.

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

You’ll study:

  • Domestic Building Services.
  • Groundworks and Substructure.
  • Superstructure and Finishes.
  • Computer-Aided Drafting.
  • Construction Calculations.
  • Construction Materials.
  • Construction Site Surveying.
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry.
  • Built Environment Project.
  • Sustainable Design for Architecture.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career as a:

  • Quantity surveying technician.
  • Building control technician.
  • Architectural technician.
  • Building technician.
  • Building site supervisor.

Continuing Study

Successful students are guaranteed entry on to the first year of any of our four construction-related HND programmes:

  • Architectural Technology.
  • Building Surveying.
  • Construction Management.
  • Quantity Surveying.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome