Built Environment Academy Programme NC

What is special about this course?

SIC Schools Service, NAFC Marine Centre UHI and Shetland College UHI work in partnership to deliver exciting and worthwhile opportunities for Secondary 5 and 6 pupils to take their first steps into a career in construction.

The National Certificate (NC) in Built Environment provides the opportunity to gain experience working alongside construction professionals and gain a professionally recognised qualification while continuing your valuable secondary school education.

For more information see the course leaflet or modules handout.


Entry requirements

You should be in S5 or S6, with three N5 qualifications (or equivalent), preferably with Maths, English and a Science or Technical subject.


  • Domestic Building Services
  • Groundworks and Substructure
  • Superstructure and Finishes
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Construction Calculations
  • Construction Materials
  • Construction Site Surveying
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
  • Built Environment Project
  • Sustainable Design for Architecture
  • Units to be confirmed

View the modules handout.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

You will study part-time, which involves attendance at college as well as work experience. You will also study three school subjects in S5 and in S6. As you will be working in the summer you should have some free periods incorporated into your school timetable.

When will I be at college?

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1.30pm - 4.30pm.
Your school will timetable your subjects to make sure you don’t miss school classes.

How do I get to college?

Transport arrangements from school will be made for you, using public transport where possible to return home or to the hostel as applicable. There will be no charge to you for this.

Work Experience

As part of this free programme you will also be linked to a workplace mentor, who will support you as you develop your skills and plan for your future career. You will get work experience, and may be offered paid employment during the holidays. This will be discussed on an individual basis.

How long will my course last?

2 Years

Part-time study over two years.

Where can I study my course?

    • Employers Premises

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The NC Built Environment programme provides an opportunity to get a head start on your career by experiencing the working world, gain an industry-recognised qualification, and work on real projects to broaden your career options when you leave school.

Is there more information available online?

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If you would like to apply, speak to your Pupil Support Teacher in school. You can also download an application form which you can hand in to your Pupil Support Teacher.

Closing date for applications: 16th March 2018

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Shetland College UHI. Shetland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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