Built Environment NC

What is special about this course?

This course aims to introduce the skills and knowledge required to follow a professional career path within the construction industry at technician level.

Emphasis is placed on the application of Health and Safety and Sustainability and includes the impact on the environment of not implementing sustainability initiatives and the legislation promoting sustainability.

A work placement with a local employer is an integral part of this course.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have achieved one of the following entry requirements:

  • 3 Intermediate 2 or National 4/5 in appropriate English, Science, Mathematics or technical subjects.
  • Completion of the NPA Construction programme
  • Those with other entry qualifications, including work experience, who demonstrate a realistic chance of success.

Units studied include the following:

  • Domestic Building Services
  • Construction Technology: Ground works and Substructure
  • Construction Technology: Superstructure and Finishes
  • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction
  • Construction Calculations
  • Construction Materials: An Introduction
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
  • Built Environment Project
  • Built Environment Project
  • Sustainable Design for Architecture
  • Drawing for Construction
  • Mechanics for Construction: An Introduction

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

The award lends itself to a wide range of delivery mechanisms including case studies, formal teaching, tutorial, group work, laboratory/practical work and, where appropriate, work-based learning.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

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    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression to a variety of HNC courses in Construction, such as:

    • Architectural Technology
    • Built Environment
    • Building Surveying
    • Construction Management
    • Quantity Surveying

    Is there more information available online?

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    “The NC Built Environment is perfectly designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work towards employment in the construction industry at technician level and above.”

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.