Foundation Apprenticeship
Civil Engineering SCQF Level 6

Gain an insight into the many career options available within Civil Engineering.


Why take this course?

This two year programme incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning. The course is aimed at pupils who are interested in working in the Civil Engineering discipline, which combines some construction technology along with engineering skills and knowledge.

You will be well-equipped for progressing to a Modern Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, starting an HNC course in Built Environment at College, or progressing to University level studies.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

Pupils will engage in learning within the College environment and work based learning in the workplace. Pupils will complete the National Certificate Level 6 in Civil Engineering, studying units including:

  • Computer Aided Drawing — An Introduction
  • Mechanics for Construction — An Introduction
  • Construction Engineering Mathematics
  • Civil Engineering Site Work
  • Civil Engineering Materials and Sustainability in the Construction Industry

In addition to the NC pupils will undertake a minimum of two Civil Engineering SVQ Units. Upon completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship pupils will be eligible to enter the second year of the Modern Apprenticeship, reducing the Modern Apprenticeship duration by at least one year.

Teaching will take the form of classroom–based theory lessons during the first year. Most classes will take place at NESCol's Aberdeen City Campus.

The second year will include work based learning with a local employer as well as College attendance. Pupils will be expected to commit equivalent of two days per week to the programme in the second year. The units taken will include:

  • Maths for Construction Technicians or Construction Engineering
  • CAD
  • Civil Engineering Project
  • Site Work
  • Technology

Portfolios will be created in the workplace to achieve the SVQ Units.

lecturer working with students in a workshop

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is available to pupils going into S5 who will also be studying Higher Maths. Pupils should be expected to achieve an A or B pass in National 5 Maths to be considered for entry.

What you will need

The majority of the course will take place in the classroom. Some drawing equipment will be necessary, along with all the usual stationery, etc. for example set squares, compasses, scale rule, good quality pencils, pens and paper.

You are likely to visit construction sites, particularly in the second year, when you will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing including a boiler suit, safety glasses and safety footwear, such as boots or shoes with steel toe caps. This is particularly important whilst on placement and will be provided to Foundation Apprentices by the College.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in workshops and classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At University

On successful completion of this course you may consider applying for degree level study in Civil Engineering.


Successful completion of this Foundation Apprenticeship will prepare you for advanced entry to the associated Modern Apprenticeships.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.