Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)


2 years


  • Construction


  • Aberdeen City Campus

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

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering is a two-year programme that starts at the beginning of S5. It is expected that pupils will continue at school to the end of S6 to complete this programme. In S5 you will attend College for the equivalent of one day per week where teaching will take the form of classroom-based theory lessons. Most classes will take place at NESCol’s Aberdeen City Campus. You 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

The second year will include work-based learning with a local employer as well as continued College attendance, helping you develop essential skills for the workplace and make connections with employers. You 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

In addition to the NC, you will be supported to achieve a core Civil Engineering SVQ Unit during your work placement.