A NEW course, developed by Forth Valley College and Historic Scotland and which aims to help students onto a career conserving Scotland’s ancient buildings, will begin in Stirling this August.
Applications are being sought from anyone interested in studying for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Architectural Conservation which will equip students with the knowledge, specialist skills, processes, disciplines, technical skills as well as an understanding of the relationship between architectural conservation and surveying sectors of the building industry.
The course will prepare candidates for progression to ordinary and post graduate university degrees in specialisms such as building surveying, building control, building conservation and management and has already prompted interest from school leavers and a wide range of skilled people working in the industry.
FVC’s head of construction, Ian Morrison, said: “This is another excellent example of partnership work between Forth Valley College and Historic Scotland.
“With such rich architecture and built heritage within and around Stirling our lecturing staff and students will focus project work on the many iconic structures and buildings in the area.
“We are extremely proud of the courses we deliver and learners coming onto the course will benefit greatly from studying at our new state-of-the-art campus at Kildean, Stirling.”
Historic Scotland currently have two state-of-the-art traditional building skills workshops based at FVC’s Stirling Campus, where they teach their Modern Apprentice employees various stonemasonry techniques.
Charles Jones, from Historic Scotland, who lecturers at the Stirling Campus, said: “It is fantastic to be working alongside Forth Valley College in delivering the HND in Architectural Conservation.
“Stirling and the surrounding built heritage will provide an excellent opportunity to see, study and learn from actual projects that have been in need of repair and conservation or have indeed been repaired and conserved.
“Learners will have the opportunity to get real insights into the challenges that face our built heritage, climate change, the importance of skills and materials, energy efficiency and the increasing demand for professionals with a good understanding of traditionally built structures.
“We look forward to this opportunity to work again on a project that will ultimately benefit the future of our heritage here in Scotland.”
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