Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers build and shape the world. It’s everything you see around us – from the roads and railways, to the schools, offices, hospitals and water supply.

Civil engineering covers a huge range of jobs, like: civil engineering technician, quantity surveyor, town planner, structural engineer, construction manager and land surveyor. The industry’s workforce is ageing and there is a demand for new, young engineers to fill the skills gap.

What will I learn?
As part of your National Certificate, your mandatory topics will include:

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Civil Engineering Project
  • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
  • Mechanics for Construction: An Introduction
  • Construction Engineering Mathematics

Your SVQ will be assessed as part of your work placement. You’ll achieve one of the following: develop and maintain working relationships and personal development in construction or maintain professional relationships and practice in built environmental design.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
National 5 Mathematics is required, must be capable of progression to Higher Mathematics. Working towards or completed Physics. All applicants must have a good level of written and spoken English and demonstrate a real interest in Civil Engineering. 


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2022
Ends: April 2023
Delivered at Brechin High School
Year 1: Tue 9am-4pm  
Year 2: Friday 9-4pm  
Delivered at Grove Academy
Year 1 & 2: Tues 2-3.40pm | Thurs and Fri 1.10-2.50pm  

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning. 

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).