Skills for Work: Building Services Engineering

Skills for Work: Building Services Engineering National 4 (SCQF level 4)

Qualification information

National 4 Skills for Work: Building Services Engineering is an introductory qualification that develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the industry

The Building Services Engineering sector includes the design and installation of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and electrical services, for domestic, commercial and industrial buildings.

Peripheral industries, often involved in Building Services Engineering contracts, include communication, data and security systems.

The Course includes safe working practices, energy and the science of building services engineering and also develops transferable employability skills, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace and the employee's responsibilities, (eg time-keeping, appearance, customer care
  • self-evaluation skills
  • positive attitude to learning
  • flexible approaches to solving problems
  • adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • skills to become effective job-seekers and employees

This award is suitable for candidates who have limited or no previous experience in building services engineering.

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the building services engineering.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to building services engineering
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful learners may progress to:

  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Modern Apprenticeships in building services engineering areas
  • further education
  • employment in the building services engineering
  • vocational training


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C278 74 (24 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 4

The Skills for Work Course in Building Services Engineering consists of five mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification