SCQF Level 6
Built Environment

Course Overview
This course is for pupils who are in their final years of high school. This course is intended to be studied alongside your high school subjects. 

Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering is a two-year course taught at Edinburgh College’s Granton campus. You will attend College for approximately two afternoons a week. In year one you will complete a National Certificate in Civil Engineering (SVQF Level 6). In year two you will be required to complete a four-week work placement with an employer. This will give you a vocational qualification in the workplace and allow you to gain hands-on experience in the civil engineering industry. 

What is a Foundation Apprenticeship? A foundation apprenticeship consists of both academic and vocational components from the current National Certificate (NC) Civil Engineering and SVQ Level 3 Construction Contracting Operations offered by SQA. These industry level qualifications will help to build the?knowledge and skills required for a career in civil engineering.  

What is Civil Engineering? Civil engineers design and build bridges, roads, railways and tunnels. They design and build tall structures and large buildings such as multi-storey car parks, train stations and even the Olympic stadium. Without civil engineers, the world we live in would be completely unrecognisable. (Institution of Civil Engineers –  
What You Will Learn

  • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction 
  • Mathematics: Craft 1 
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry 
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction 
  • Construction Technology: Groundworks and Substructure 
  • Civil Engineering Materials 
  • Mathematics for Construction Technicians 
  • Civil Engineering Site Work 
  • Civil Engineering Technology 
  • Mechanics for Construction; An Introduction 
  • Civil Engineering Project 
  • Construction Project Management: An Introduction 

In the workplace, you will complete at least one unit from the SVQ 3 in Construction Contracting Operations. 

Placement Information
  • A work placement is essential for completion of SVQ and takes place over the summer. 
Entry Requirements
  • Grade A-C in both National 5 Mathematics and Physics 
  • Applicants must be studying Higher Mathematics in S5 
  • Applicants must have an interest in a career in Civil Engineerin
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed on each unit 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • If your application is successful you will be invited for an interview at Edinburgh College to assess if this is the correct course for you 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progress to an Edinburgh College course at HNC level 
  • Further study at a university level 
Career Opportunities
  • Civil Engineer or similar role within construction industry 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Time: 1:30pm - 4pm
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Links with Universities
Benefits for pupils
- Achieve additional accredited vocational qualification to boost         CV/College/UCAS applications
- Enhanced employability through industry relevant work experience
- Foundation Apprenticeships count as 1 of the school column           choices
- Provide a head start for employment, further study or progression   to a Modern Apprenticeship
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