Courses at Ayrshire College

NC Building Services

Campus Attendance Start Date
17: Full Time 28-Aug-2017 Apply

SCQF Level

Level 6


Full-time, one year

Campus/Course Availability


Start Here

Minimum Entry Requirements: 

  • School leavers with  4 relevant standard grades in appropriate Maths , English, Science or Technology.
  • A National Certificate or NPA at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent in a related discipline.
  • Those with other entry qualifications, including work experience, who demonstrate a realistic chance of success.
  • A craft qualification which might be combined with appropriate further study, prior to, or in parallel with, the NC programme.

Additional Selection Requirements: 

  • You will be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

What's Involved

This course is designed to prepare students for employment, career development or progression to more advanced study at HNC level through a combination of structured practical and theoretical study that is recognised by employers and FE colleges.

Work within the sector comprises new build projects undertaken within construction contracts, with a significant proportion involving refurbishment of existing building stock. On many new build and refurbishment contracts the building services installer is the main contractor.

Course content:

  • Health, safety and welfare in the Building Services Engineering Industry
  • Construction Technology and Design
  • Building Services Engineering Science
  • Graphic Detailing
  • Mathematics: Technician 1
  • Electrical and Electronic Technology
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Technology Building Services
  • Engineering: Design Project Planning,
  • Organisation and Control of Resources in Construction
  • Mathematics: Technician 2
  • Heating and Plumbing Technology
  • Air Conditioning and Ventilation Technology
  • Solar thermal Solar PV(Photo Voltaic) systems
  • Solar thermal systems
  • Air source/ground source heat pumps

Go Anywhere

On successful completion you may gain access to a wide range of relevant vocational courses at SCQF Level 7 including HNC Construction Management

The course gives an important stand-alone entrance and exit point for those seeking to develop a career in the building services engineering sector in Scotland.  This may include the design and installation in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services. Other services often involved in building services engineering contracts include communication, data and security systems.

The NC award at SCQF level 6 is an important point on the Building Services Engineering career path. It will facilitate an easier and more meaningful transition between the NC and the HNC should students wish to do this. It will also allow those students not in employment to apply for employment within the sector as appropriate.

Registration with the Engineering Council (ECUK), via one of the licensed professional bodies, is the endorsement of knowledge and experience for technical and managerial personnel in the building services engineering sector. UK Spec, the ECUK definition of knowledge and competences, identifies possession of a National Certificate, or ‘an approved qualification at level 6 in the SCQF’, as satisfying the educational base for registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng.Tech).

Related News

STEM - Construction Tech, Trades, Motor Vehicle and Horticulture


If your ambition is to build a career in construction we can offer you a good solid foundation in whichever area that interests you, including craft, technician, design and management occupations, including architects and civil engineers.

Our courses combine real hands-on training with excellent classroom instruction in the latest methods, materials and building practices. Students will cover subjects such as Architectural Sketching, Construction Materials and Specification, Construction Site Surveying and Construction Technology. All of our courses are industry approved and available at access courses through to advanced levels.

There are opportunities to progress to professional occupations such as Quantity Surveying, Site Managers and Architects.


There’s a huge variety of careers to choose from such as bricklayers and joiners. Employers are looking for team workers with good communication skills and people who are honest, reliable and motivated.

Our courses will allow students to develop skills in brickwork, stonemasonry, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation or plumbing. Many local employers provide work experience placements for our students. Others develop skills by assisting voluntary and charitable organisations with various projects, this is of great benefit to the local community.

Many of our students secure full-time apprenticeships in a variety of trades including Bricklaying, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing and Electrical Installation. Others have gone on to start their own businesses.


The automotive industry is huge and supports just about every other industry you can think of. The automotive industry’s influence is felt by everyone whether it’s commuters travelling to work, HGV drivers carrying goods to customers on time, the emergency services responding to a need, couriers, public transport even motor sports.  The automotive industry helps keep the country moving.

Our workshops are fully resourced with specialist systems and diagnostic tooling, to include Hybrid vehicle technology on some campuses.

We deliver nationally recognised motor vehicle courses to suit all levels of ability. Our strong links with industry ensure that our courses reflect current demands and provide opportunities for work experience. Employment opportunities are available in job roles including Motor Vehicle Mechanic (Light or Heavy Vehicles) and Service Engineer.


Agriculture is an important sector of the Scottish economy. Much of the land in Scotland is under agricultural production and the sector is responsible for much of Scotland's food exports. The industry creates many economic, environmental and social benefits, with a large number of people directly employed in agricultural activities.

This rural campus provides a realistic setting for students looking to move into the horticulture and tree surgery sector. Horticulture, Tree Surgery and Garden and Landscaping courses are based here.

Our courses can lead to various types of work including Country Park Rangers, Gardeners or Landscapers. Our tree surgery courses are nationally recognised and allow students to progress to advanced courses in horticulture or occupations such as Arboriculturists or Tree Surgeons.

The tree surgery courses offered at this campus includes training and preparation for National Proficiency Testing Council (NPTC) certificate of competence of chainsaw and relative use.


Flickr Original.png (1) Youtube Pink.png (1)



jack lynes

Jack Lynes is an engineering apprentice with Billy Bowie Tankers in Kilmarnock.

Here he explains the benefits of an apprenticeship, alongside Fleet Operations Manager Douglas Bowie.


kevin milroy 

On 3 June 2014 students from around the College presented to the Board of Management. 







Kevin Milroy

"The course opened my eyes to health and safety in the workplace. I also really enjoyed learning about the commercial side of the industry and developing my managerial skills. I was in a class with a lot of clever and talented people."

Read more about Kevin's story here

kevin milroy, HNC Construction management 

Franco D'ambrosio - cumnock Campus construction case study

"I was a fisherman in the North Sea and west coast of Scotland for years. Although I loved it, I wanted a less risky job after my son was born. The thought of having a trade had always appealed to me. I started at Cumnock Campus on an access course which covered Electrical and Plumbing work."

Read more about Franco's story here

franco d'ambrosio

Stuart Queen 2.JPG

"I have always wanted to be a joiner. I always enjoyed practical subjects and knew from school that I would be best suited to a craft based job which was hands-on."

Read more about Stuart's story here. 

stuart queen




Blog Purple.png



  "Most of our courses are certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry. These qualifications are recognised internationally and past students have secured employment abroad in places as far as USA and New Zealand. It’s exciting for our students to experience such great opportunities."
Read the New Campus Countdown blog here

new campus countdown: motor vehicle department


"I really like seeing the building progress and I love that every day is different. It has been a steep learning curve but really enjoyable. The people that I work with are fantastic, everyone really supports each other. The experience I am gaining is wonderful. No text book in the world could provide this level of knowledge or insight."

Read Rachel's blog here

rachel kyle, HNc construction management 



At Ayrshire College we understanding how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce.  Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices. 

Short Course Range

  •        Iosh Working Safely
  •        Iosh Managing Safely
  •        17th Edition
  •        Inspection and Testing
  •        City and Guilds PAT Testing
  •        PASMA
  •        CSCS with Iosh Working Safely
  •        Manual Handling
  •        Hybrid Technology
  •        Gas Training and Assessment


We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you.  Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.

Our Construction, Trades, Motor Vehicle and Horticulture short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you.  Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 option 4 to discuss your training requirements.