Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)

Mode of Study

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  • Construction

Why take this course?

This two year programme incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning. The course is aimed at pupils who are interested in working in the Civil Engineering discipline, which combines some construction technology along with engineering skills and knowledge.

You will be well-equipped for progressing to a Modern Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, starting an HNC course in Built Environment at College, or progressing to University level studies.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

Pupils will engage in learning within the College environment and work based learning in the workplace. Pupils will complete the National Certificate Level 6 in Civil Engineering, studying units including:

  • Computer Aided Drawing — An Introduction
  • Mechanics for Construction — An Introduction
  • Construction Engineering Mathematics
  • Civil Engineering Site Work
  • Civil Engineering Materials and Sustainability in the Construction Industry

In addition to the NC pupils will undertake a minimum of two Civil Engineering SVQ Units. Upon completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship pupils will be eligible to enter the second year of the Modern Apprenticeship, reducing the Modern Apprenticeship duration by at least one year.

Teaching will take the form of classroom–based theory lessons during the first year. Most classes will take place at NESCol’s Aberdeen City Campus.

The second year will include work based learning with a local employer as well as College attendance. Pupils will be expected to commit equivalent of two days per week to the programme in the second year. The units taken will include:

  • Maths for Construction Technicians or Construction Engineering
  • CAD
  • Civil Engineering Project
  • Site Work
  • Technology

Portfolios will be created in the workplace to achieve the SVQ Units.