This course is being delivered by a partnership between:

  • WDC Working4U
  • Theory Delivery Partner
  • Local Employer

The course can be either be delivered over one or two years.

One Year Model

If selecting the "Short Term Delivery Model" which means it can be completed in 1 school year but due to the complexity of this course, it is likely that students will also require to use some of their holiday time in order to complete the required number of hours in the work placement part of the qualification.

Since the course can be completed within 1 school year, it is available to students in S5 or S6.

Two Year Model

The two year delivery model means that the course is delivered over 2 academic years.  The first year will concentrate on the delivery of the National Progression Award, which is classroom based. The second year will be working toward the SVQ modules within workplace placement provider.

As this course is over two years, it is available to only pupils in 5th year.

Course outline

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering requires Pupils the opportunity to develop the skills required by modern professional Civil Engineering Technicians and provides an insight to the many career options available. They will study the principles and practices utilised by engineers and consultancy teams working in the field of renewable energy, roads and bridges, flood alleviation, commercial buildings, marine works and environmental protection through an NC in Civil Engineering at SCQF Level 6 and SVQ  Construction Technical at SCQF Level 6. The total SCQF credit points achieved for the framework is 84.

Entry requirements

  • It would be great if you are working towards or have a National 5 English, Maths and Physics, as wells as be able to work towards Higher qualifications. However we are also happy to consider your application dependant on individual circumstances.

Course content

  • Civil engineering materials
  • Civil engineering site work
  • Computer aided drafting: An introduction
  • Health and safety in the construction industry
  • Mechanics for construction: An introduction
  • Civil engineering project
  • Civil engineering technology
  • Mathematics: Craft 1
  • Construction site surveying: An introduction
  • Construction Technology: Groundworks & Substructures
  • Modern Methods of Construction: An Introduction


  • Modern Apprenticeship
  • HNC Construction Management
  • University

Days & Times

Days & Times


This time is split between study with a training provider and a work placement with an employer,

The work placement element will be negotiated on a one-to-one basis with each student and, where it suits the student's timetable, a whole day placement may be organised rather than two afternoons.


What other people say . . .

Connor McGinley  is doing his Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U. Connor stated Because it is half days, the load isn’t heavy which means juggling other subjects isn’t hard at all.  I’ve actually done better in maths because of the maths in my FA as well.

Connor Drake  is doing his Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U. Connor stated “ The Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering has furthered my education and I feel I have grown within this role. The course has gave me a better understanding of Civil Engineering and has furthered my experience of learning. I believe it will make it easier for future learning in different environments.”

Darren Graham  is doing his Foundation Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering with West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U. Darren stated “ The Foundation Apprenticeship has shown me what the work environment is really like and has further expanded my knowledge of Civil Engineering. It has also helped me gain new relationships in and out of the work place”