SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Construction Management

SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Construction Management

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Construction Management (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as construction materials and specifications, site surveying, construction technology, site administration, and standard forms of construction contracts.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Construction Management (SCQF level 8) builds on the knowledge and skills of the Advanced Certificate and covers construction industry fundamentals and planning, health and safety and human resource management in construction, managing construction organisations, and quality in construction.

At both levels, learners will develop contemporary vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. They will also learn to take responsibility for their own learning, to be flexible and to work co-operatively with others.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges, training providers and universities around the world. Typically, an SQA Advanced Certificate takes one year to complete and an SQA Advanced Diploma takes two years.

The SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Construction Management will enable learners to achieve appropriate professional body recognition, for example from the Chartered Institute of Building.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Certificates and SQA Advanced Diplomas have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability. This qualification was developed in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists: CIAT

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

The SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate/Diploma in Construction Management is suitable for a wide range of learners, including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

The SQA Advanced Certificate is also suitable for learners progressing from a lower level award in Construction Management or a closely related discipline.

SQA Advanced Diploma is also suitable for learners progressing from an SQA Advanced Certificate in Construction Management or an SQA Advanced Diploma Certificate in Built Environment or a closely related discipline.

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider.

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Progression

Learners who achieve an SQA Advanced Certificate in Construction Management can progress to the SQA Advanced Diploma in Construction Management.

SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the SQA Advanced Certificate in Construction Management allows direct entry into the second year of most degree programmes, and the SQA Advanced Diploma in Construction Management allows direct entry to most third year programmes.

SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For example:

  • SQA Advanced Certificate Construction Management supports the learning within SVQ 3 and SVQ 4 Construction: Technical Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks
  • SQA Advanced Diploma Construction Management supports learning in the SVQ 4 Construction: Technical Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks

Offer this qualification

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

Centres without devolved authority require 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Certificate in Construction Management

Group award code: GN0J 47 (96 SCQF credit points)

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Construction Management at SCQF level 7 consists of 10 mandatory units (80 SCQF credit points) and two optional units (16 SCQF credit points).

SQA Advanced Diploma in Construction Management

Group award code: GM8D 48 (240 SCQF credit points)

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Construction Management at SCQF level 8 consists of 28 mandatory units (224 SCQF credit points) two optional units from a selection (16 SCQF points).

For further information on the structures and units of these qualifications please refer to the group award specification.

Group award specification

Unit specifications