SCQF Level 5
Built Environment

Course Overview
Building Services NPA is your first step towards a career in the plumbing industry. During this course you will learn and understand the basic principles of the plumbing, building and engineering services. 

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the civil engineering industry. This course will encourage career progression and enhance your career prospects. This is a full-time course taught at Edinburgh College’s Granton campus for one year. On completion you will be awarded a National Progression Award (NPA) in Building Services and be eligible to apply for the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme or continue onto further education.  
What You Will Learn
  • Basic Plumbing Principles 
  • Hot and Cold-Water Systems 
  • Health and Safety  
  • Environmental Awareness  
Entry Requirements
  • One pass at National 5 level in Maths or Physics grade c or above
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 skill
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Modern Apprenticeship 
  • SVQ Level 3 Plumbing Apprenticeship 
  • Built Environment NC  
Career Opportunities
  • Plumber 
  • Building services engineer 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Five 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 27/09/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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