SCQF Level 6
Built Environment

Course Overview

Built Environment NC is an entry level course designed to teach you a basic understanding of the technical aspects in the construction industry. You will study full-time at Edinburgh College's Granton campus developing valuable skills in planning, evaluation, problem solving, research and analysis. These skills are transferable and will benefit you in future employment or study.  

The Full time will mean attending Edinburgh Colleges Granton campus three days per week over one academic year. 

There will also be a number of sessions that will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams.

COVID impacts on the current delivery and presently all course materials and delivery are on line.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in the built environment industry. This course will encourage career progression and enhance your career prospects. This course can work as a steppingstone to further study in the built environment sector. 

What You Will Learn


  • Domestic Building Services 
  • Groundworks and Substructures 
  • Superstructures and Finishes 
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) 
  • Construction Calculations 
  • Construction Materials 
  • Health and Safety 
  • Sustainable Design for Architecture 
  • Site Work 
  • Measurement and Costing 
  • Modern Methods of Construction 
  • Project Management 
  • Mechanics in Construction 
  • Mathematics 
  • Built Environment Project


Entry Requirements
  • One pass in National 5 in Mathematics at grade c and above
  • Level 1 Design, Engineer, Construct 
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
  • Built Environment HNC taught at Edinburgh College 
Career Opportunities
  • Apply for the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme 
  • Various entry level positions in the built environment industry 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Three 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 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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