• Construction Technology

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Civil Engineering

  • Eligible Schools:

    All schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday 2-5pm

    Duration: 2 years

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR

Can you see yourself creating, planning and overseeing the construction of buildings and infrastructure; from roads, bridges and canals to some of the tallest buildings in the world?

If so, and you enjoy problem solving and are curious to know out how things work, you’ve got it in you to make a great civil engineer!

There’s a real demand for civil engineers in Scotland and superb opportunities to work abroad also. This course can give you a head start on a career in civil engineering.

You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering as one of your school subject choices.

WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT

This course lets you find out what a career in civil engineering would really be like and if it’s right for you.

You’ll learn the key steps involved in a major construction project. Things like producing construction drawings by hand and by using computer-aided design, how to choose and test the right civil engineering materials, carrying out land surveys and what's involved in preparing a building site for the work to begin.

You will learn how to construct a substructure, skeleton frame of a building, structural steelworks and concrete frame and walls.

You'll also look at health and safety in the construction industry, mechanics and maths relevant to construction and engineering.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering includes a National Certificate in Civil Engineering (at SCQF Level 6) and at least one unit from the SVQ3 in Civil Engineering (at SCQF Level 6).

The work experience element will consist of a two-week work placement during the summer holidays at the end of S5 going into S6.

WHAT DO I NEED

You should have or be working towards National 5 qualifications in Mathematics during S5. Your guidance teacher should think you are capable of working at SCQF Level 6, the same level as a Higher qualification.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED

Assessment is on an ongoing basis and will include practical sessions as well as a civil engineering project, using the new skills you’ve learned throughout the course.

NEXT STEPS

If you achieve the Foundation Apprenticeship, you will have a solid basis for progression to a Modern Apprenticeship or an HNC in a range of construction or civil engineering career specialisms like:

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