Construction: Multi Trade Returners (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


This qualification allows candidates to further learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in construction. This can only be entered by progression from Construction: Multi-trade course (or similar).

This course is recognised by the industry as a pre-apprentice program and will enhance the learner’s opportunities in finding employment in the construction industry.




Attendance: Full Time - Predominantly face-to-face practical delivery approach although there may be some limited theory classes that can be completed from home.
Attendance is on-campus 2 days per week plus an additional 1hr online tutorial. 

Ideally, you would be looking to gain employment or work experience within the industry for the days that you are not in college.

Entry Requirements

Successful achievement of Construction: Multi-trade course (or similar) and a positive learner reference from your personal tutor.

You should be prepared to be actively involved in looking for an employer that may take you on for work experience. Whilst this is not a compulsory part of the course, it would be beneficial for progressing onto the next stage; guidance will be available from staff.

The college will provide you with all PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for which you will be responsible to look after and wear. Safety footwear is always compulsory within our workshops.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

No interview is required as you must be a progressing student to gain entry to this course.

Course Content

Units are delivered with a mix of practical and theoretical elements with at least three hours of practical activities in any given college day:

Practical elements of this course cover

  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Brickwork
  • Plumbing
  • Plastering
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Roofing

As with all courses at the college, this course also aims to develop your abilities to work both independently and as part of a team, encourage entrepreneurial approaches to tasks and also extend your core employability skills of numeracy, IT, and communication.

The following elements are also delivered to allow you to work safely and give you an understanding of basic construction principles.

  • Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
  • Appreciation of scaffolding components and how to erect them safely
  • Construction drawing
  • Materials and occupations within the construction industry.

Successful completion of this course will gain you an NPA Construction: Multi Trade at SCQF level 5.


Practical and written assessments for this course are ongoing throughout the year. There is no final end-of-year exam for this course.


It would be hoped that the course would act as a stepping stone into an SVQ 3 craft apprenticeship in any trade, employment within the industry at this stage would be necessary.

You may also wish to progress to a trade-specific course for the following year once you have ascertained which trade suits you best.

Students showing the correct employability skills at the end of the year can also be recommended for apprenticeships to local employers.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the course may lead to progression to apprenticeship programs within the construction industries, or employment in associated construction service-related jobs i.e. site operative or building supplies.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for bursary or EMA funding for this course, please contact a member of the student funding team for details.

Selling Points

46% of all current 1st year Dumfries and Galloway construction apprentices have previously studied a construction-related course within the college highlighting both the fantastic opportunity for progression to apprenticeship and how employers are looking for apprentices who have prior construction knowledge and skills.