Civil Engineering

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Civil engineers design and build the world around us – from roads and railways, to tunnels and bridges, cinemas, shopping malls and the tallest skyscrapers on the planet. In fact, without civil engineers, we’d probably still be living in caves! Civil engineering really does change the world and offers an exciting and well paid career.

If you can see you yourself creating and managing life-changing structures, 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 – even while you’re still at school.


You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subject choices while still at school. The course takes 2 years to complete, starting in S5 and finishing end of S6. Transport to and from college/employer will be organised and paid for.


A Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Civil Engineering includes:

  • A National Certificate in Civil Engineering (at SCQF Level 6)
  • At least one unit from the SVQ3 in Civil Engineering (at SCQF Level 6)


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


If you achieve the Foundation Apprenticeship, you will have a solid basis for progression to a Modern Apprenticeship or a Higher National Certificate in a range of construction or civil engineering careers specialisms like:  

  • Construction Management
  • Architectural technology
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building Surveying


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Civil Engineering

Ayr Campus 


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