Civil Engineering

Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering at SCQF level 6

Duration: 2 years

Why Study a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Studying for a Foundation Apprenticeship gives you the chance to combine qualifications such as Skills for Work (SfW) National Subjects or National Progression Awards (NPAs) with practical work experience in industry.

Who Can Apply?

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Civil Engineering is for pupils staying on at school.  You can choose this FA, which is 2 years long, as one of your subjects in S5 (or in some cases S4)

Entry Requirements

  • Nat 5 Maths and capable of Higher Maths by the end of the FA
  • Good level of written/spoken English (level 5 Literacy or Nat 5 English)
  • Committed and flexible
  • Able to work with others
  • Ability to problem solve

Qualifications Gained

  • NC Civil Engineering.
  • 5 units (3 mandatory and 2 optional units) of SVQ Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5
  • Work placement/industry challenge.

Participant's viewpoint

I am studying a Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering; we visited Dundee and Angus college to create and test concrete for its strength. I found the learning experience highly valuable.

During this course you will learn…

The course content for the Foundation Apprenticeships in Civil Engineering covers the following topics:

  • Civil Engineering Site Work
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Construction Site Surveying: An Introduction
  • Mathematics: Craft 1
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry
  • Civil Engineering Project
  • Computer Aided Drafting: An Introduction
  • Mechanics for Construction: An Introduction
  • Modern Methods of Construction: An Introduction
  • Sustainability in the Construction Industry
  • Mathematics for Construction Technicians
  • Maintain Professional Relationships and Practice in Built Environment Design.

You could work in roles like:

Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering.

This is a great time to start your engineering career as there’s a huge demand for new talent. UK companies are actively looking to employ people with engineering skills.

Aberdeenshire Council Delivery

This course may be delivered by Aberdeenshire Council Specialist FA Trainers or in conjunction with a local external provider.


Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Time management

These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

To achieve your qualification you will:

Attend class each week

Be committed to learning new things and completing your work within a given timescale

Learn more about meta-skills here

What can I go on to next?

  • Employment.
  • You could continue your studies at college or university, gaining a Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree in Civil Engineering, or another engineering discipline.
  • You could complete a Modern Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering or other construction technician area.

Case Study

How To Apply

Your school will have Foundation Apprenticeships on your course choice form. If it is on the list, tick the right box, after discussing with your Guidance Teacher if necessary.

If you do not see it there, see either your Guidance Teacher or Depute Head to discuss.

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