Construction and Civil Engineering Operations (Modern Apprenticeship) SQA Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course is for those who are employed in Ground Working within the Construction industry. You are either, an experienced person who wishes to demonstrate your competence through gaining a recognised qualification. Or you are a new stater who has been employed as a trainee or apprentice.

The qualification has a mixture of mandatory topics as well as a choice of one of ten optional routes. This gives you, and your employer, strong flexibility to best fit the qualification to your role.  The Mandatory topics include: Installing, maintaining and removing Work Area protection; working to General Workplace Health and Safety; planning and carrying out work. 

The course is a strong means for you to build and demonstrate your skills as you start working in Ground Working. If you are already experienced, in addition to your own development, your employer may wish you to gain the qualification to help them build a skilled workforce. 

Entry requirements

  • Open to those within employment in construction or civil engineering practical work who wish to gain a formal qualification and/or continue their development.
  • National Progression Award Construction Operations at SCQF level 5

Units may include:


  • Install, Maintain and Remove Work Area Protection.
  • Conform to General Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare.
  • Conform to Productive Work Practices.

One optional route from: 

  • Modular Pavement Construction
  • Laying Kerbs and Channels
  • Drainage Construction
  • Structural Concreting
  • Concreting Operations
  • Construction Operations
  • General Construction
  • Excavation and Reinstatement
  • Excavation
  • Reinstatement

How will I study my course?

    You will learn through completing tasks in your work and recording these on an e-Portfolio.

    How long will my course last?

    1 Year

    Where can I study my course?

      • Work Based


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

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    • Become a qualified Ground Worker
    • Help your employer, and therefore you, have a competitive edge.
    • You may wish to progress to our NC Civil Engineering course.

    Is there more information available online?

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    Applications are to be made through the Business Solutions Team at UHI Inverness,

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness 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.