SCQF Level 7
Built Environment

Course Overview

Built Environment HNC is a full-time course taught at Edinburgh College’s Granton campus over one year. The course will teach you the essential and practical skills that employers are seeking. During your time at Edinburgh College, your knowledge and skills will be developed in areas such as Building Measurement, Cost Studies, Construction Materials and Sustainability. You will learn modern methods used in the built environment industry and advance your technical skills in research, planning and organisation.  

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the built environment sector. Successful completion of the course will provide you with the opportunity to apply for further study or to progress straight into employment.   


What You Will Learn

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) 
  • Architectural Design Sketching and Drawing 
  • Health and Safety in Construction 
  • Building Science 
  • Building Services: An Introduction 
  • Building Maintenance Technology 
  • Construction Materials and Specification 
  • Domestic Construction 
  • Site Surveying 
  • Building Measurement and Cost Studies 
  • Construction Industry Fundamentals 
  • Substructure 
  • Scottish Law for Construction 
  • Sustainability and Modern Methods of Construction 

Entry Requirements

  • Two passes at Higher Level C or above, one of which should be in English, a Science or Mathematics 
  • A pass at National 5 Mathematics or equivalent

English Proficiency Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed throughout the course 
  • You will be tested on your theoretical and practical skills 

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Progress to a further education course at HND or university level 
  • Full-time employment or self-employment 

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Various positions within the built environment sector 
  • Apply for the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme 

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Edinburgh College Built Environment student Anita Bielatowicz is celebrating her first-year anniversary of working with planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, after initially joining the company for a five-day work-placement.  

“I am loving working for Barton Willmore” says Anita. “Although I probably have a much busier week than the typical third-year student, the ‘real life’ insights gained by working for a busy architectural consultancy is so different from what I am learning at university – and it also provides invaluable experience for future job prospects.” 

Read more of our student stories here. 
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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