Construction Crafts SCQF Level 5

This course will provide you with a well-rounded base knowledge of the main building trades.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at school leavers or those who wish to experience the various construction trades before pursuing employment or further training, often as an apprentice.

The course covers some National Progression Award (NPA) Units (Level 5), and will provide you with a well-rounded base knowledge of building – allowing you to discover and develop the skills necessary to progress.

What you will experience

You will make the most of our custom-built construction facilities whilst gaining valuable, hands-on experience in bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, and plumbing. This will allow you to identify which subject areas you prefer and which career path you might want to follow.

The course also covers NPA Units in Construction, and will focus on Core Skills in Communication, Numeracy and IT (Level 4 or 5).

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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but preference may be given to those with a Skills for Work Construction qualification. You will be required to attend an interview and complete an aptitude test.

Please note that those who wish to progress to a specific trade should be aware that there are requirements for apprentices, and the course will go some way to addressing these.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College:


Modern Apprenticeship opportunities may be available. On successful completion of further study and training, common job roles will include:

  • Ames Taper
  • Bricklayer
  • Builder
  • Carpenter
  • Construction
  • Decorator
  • Joiner
  • Painter
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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