NC Units in
Built Environment SCQF Level 6

Build the fundamental skills required to pursue further training or employment in the construction industry.


Why take this course?

This classroom-based course offers pupils in the Senior Phase who are interested in progressing to employment or further study in areas such as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying or Construction Management, the opportunity to undertake an enhancement course that will introduce some of the key concepts of these industries.

The completed NC units will show as individual units on an SQA Certificate. When accompanied by two relevant Highers, this course could allow you entry to the full-time HNC Built Environment course.

What you will experience

During the course you will work towards the following units:

  • Groundworks and Substructure
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
  • Construction Technology: Superstructure and Finishes
  • Mechanics for Construction: An Introduction

You will experience a variety of teaching methods within the classroom environment, and will be introduced to the use of CAD. The course will primarily be delivered within a local school with some lessons to be delivered within College premises, as dictated by access to resources.

You will be expected to demonstrate/develop the following essential skills for the workplace:

  • An interest in progressing to employment in the Construction industry;
  • Good time keeping skills;
  • A genuine commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Planning and preparation skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others.

Evidence for assessment will be by collated through a range of classroom-based activities and assessments. There is no final examination.

lecturer working with students in a workshop

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for pupils who have achieved (or are working towards) grade A or B passes at National 5 level in English and Maths, as well as those who have achieved (or will be working towards) one or two Highers from the following subjects:

  • Graphic Communication
  • Physics
  • Engineering Science

What you will need

You will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing including a boiler suit, safety glasses and safety footwear, such as boots or shoes with steel toe caps.

For all construction and engineering courses it is necessary to wear PPEYou are not allowed into the workshops without PPE and will be returned to school and marked absent if you arrive without it.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment

Please note that eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to the following full-time course at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level. This course can offer articulation opportunities to a number of related degree programmes.


Those who wish to progress directly to employment may find entry-level opportunities available throughout the construction sector.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.