• Construction Technology

    HNC Construction Management and Sustainability (Infill) - Level 7

  • Eligible Schools

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus

    Monday and Wednesday

    9:00 - 4:00

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

Who is the course for?

Do you have an interest in buildings or construction projects?

Would you enjoy learning how these are planned, designed, and built?

Why not consider a course in Construction Management.

This course is highly contemporary and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work successfully in a Construction Managers (or Site Managers/Agents) role.

Construction Managers are responsible for the safe completion of construction projects, on time and within budget.

What is the course about?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work successfully in a management role in the construction industry. It is mainly theory based, with a small amount of practical work.

  • You’ll look at substructure, from site investigations through to ground improvements and building foundations
  • You’ll focus on construction technology, exploring techniques to build to specification for domestic and commercial construction, including walls, floors, and roofs.
  • You’ll learn about planning a Construction project, how to set up a site, the infrastructure needed, administration process of daily site activities and monitoring progress.
  • You’ll gain a knowledge of the Health and Safety requirements included with being on sites, as well as Risk Assessments and Method Statements for carrying out site work.
  • Get familiar with the different contracts and tendering procedures involved in construction.
  • You’ll learn about the BIM process and become familiar with advanced CAD and ICT collaboration cloud-based platforms and discovering how digital technologies are integrated with the project lifecycle.
  • You’ll look at common building services in commercial, industrial, and high-rise buildings. This includes installation techniques for hot and cold-water supply, electricity, HVAC, fire prevention and lift installations.
  • You’ll carry out practical tasks, such as testing materials and conducting a levelling survey between two known benchmarks.

You may also have the chance to:

  • Go on a work placement and site visits via our links with industry employers such as Ashleigh or Linear Design & Construct

Pupils will be registered with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) as student members. Student membership gives instant access to a wealth of resources that will support transition to university and a career in a Construction profession.

What are the entry requirements?

For entry to this course, you’ll need: A minimum of one relevant Higher, ideally English, Math or a Science subject OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 6, or Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, or equivalent.

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have appropriate experience or other training, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is on an ongoing basis and will include practical sessions as well as theory, using the new skills you’ve learned throughout the course, working towards your Graded Unit submission.

What should I expect?

You will learn the basic theory of construction methods, technology and materials required for most construction projects. There will be subjects focusing on construction materials, what’s involved in the ground works and sub-structure of a project as well as the superstructure.

There will be approximately 70% theory and 30% practical that would include drawing work, learning CAD skills, testing materials, surveying, and levelling. Assessments are issued throughout each unit of each subject.

Next Steps

Completing this HNC course would provide you with the minimum qualification for most jobs within the construction industry. It is recognised by Colleges and Universities alike and is the equivalent of studying the first year of university. If you’d like to work in a supervisory or management role within the construction industry, and fast track your career path, this course can help you on your way.

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of progressing onto:

  • HND in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying or Building Surveying
  • A degree course at university, possibly via our articulation arrangements, such as BSc in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying or Building Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University (direct entry to year 2). Please note a Grade B in projects is required for this and is subject to universities entry requirements being met.
  • Seeking to start your career in construction in a role such as Trainee or Assistant Site Agent.

A range of positions within the industry stem from the HNC in Construction Management such as:

  • Construction / Contracts / Project Manager,
  • Estimator / Quantity Surveyor / Valuer,
  • Civil / Structural Engineer,
  • Sustainability / Facilities / Property Manager,
  • Building Inspector / Surveyor, or,
  • Fire Engineer.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

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