A9 Unit

SQA Customised Award (SCQF Level 4)

Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Projects – An Overview

This Award, which is owned by Transport Scotland, was developed through the Academy9 education programme and was validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in 2018.   Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy piloted the Award in 2018/9.  Since then, the Award has continued to be offered at Breadalbane Academy, and Kingussie High School has delivered it to all S3 pupils during school session 2019-20 and again during the current session.

The Award is aimed at S3, S4 and S5 pupils in schools based along the A9 corridor (where parts are being upgraded to dual carriageway). The Award involves approximately 20 hours of teaching and learning.

Pupils use Transport Scotland’s A9 Dualling Programme as a case study, exploring the nature of civil and infrastructure engineering projects. They investigate some of the main types of job roles and some of the main challenges encountered in such a project.   Three learning outcomes are successfully completed to gain the Award, and in Kingussie High School, professionals from industry, such as engineers, environmental scientists, geologists, contribute towards the delivery of learning outcome 2.  Supporting documentation and a teacher guide are also provided to assist teachers delivering the Award.

The Award is now being gradually rolled out to schools beyond the A9 corridor, and other schools have begun to show interest in it.  If you are from an SQA approved centre interested in offering this Award, please contact Academy9 website.

Level 4 Award Guidance for Teachers