Construction SCQF Level 6 (Modern Apprenticeship) (Bricklaying/Carpentry & Joinery/Painting & Decorating)


Modern Apprenticeships are a great way of gaining skills, qualifications and experience and starting a career without having to study full-time. You will be earning whilst you are learning! This is an opportunity to work towards an industry recognised qualification whilst you are learning ‘on the job’ and it’s a great way to kick-start your career.  

Depending on the pathway chosen by the candidate and/or the employer you would learn:
  • Carpentry & Joinery - Wood Occupations
  • Painintg & Decorating - Decorative Finishes
  • Brick Work - Trowel Occupations
Each of these pathways is made up of two parts; the SVQ, this is the competency-based qualification, which is carried out in the workplace and the Professional Development Award (PDA), this is the theorectical element of the qualifcation, which takes place at College.

You must successfully complete both parts of this qualification plus core skills at required SCQF Levels to achieve your full Modern Apprenticeship.

Course code



Both Campus Sites


4 years

Candidates will not sit the "Skills Test" unit of the SVQ before 3½ years have been completed from their start date.

Modern Apprentices over the age of 22 years, who can demonstrate that they are significant prior site experience, may be permitted to complete after a minimum of 2 years, where their achievement and competence has been recognised by BOTH the employer and the training provider.  These candidates would need to meet the requirement of a full portfolio of evidence against the SVQ and they may not sit the "Skills Test" unit before the LAST 6 months of their apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

You must be in full-time employment and aged 16 years or over. 

We recommend that candidates should have achieved as a minimum standard grades at general level in English and Maths. 

Candidates should be well presented, committed to the Modern Apprenticeship and able to complete.

Course Content

This Modern Apprenticeship will be achieved by completing the following, depending on which pathway is chosen:

  • Carpentry & Joinery (Wood Occupations) = SVQ3 at SCQF Level 6 plus the PDA at SCQF Level 6
  • Painting & Decorating (Decorative Finishes) = SVQ3 at SCQF Level 6 plus the PDA at SCQF Level 6
  • Brickwork (Trowel Occupations) = SVQ3 at SCQF Level 6 plus the PDA at SCQF Level 6
Regardless of the pathway chosen the following Core Skills must also be achieved:
  • Communication (SCQF Level 5)
  • Numeracy (SCQF Level 5)
  • Information Technology (SCQF Level 4)
  • Working with Others (SCQF Level 5)
  • Problem Solving (SCQF Level 5)


Assessments take the form of written (using and on-line e-portfoio) and practical assignments which are integrated throughout the programme.  Written assessments are carried out by candidates in their own time under the guidance of the assessor.  The workbased training will be carried out and assessed in the workplace using candidate portfolios and evidence gathering of completencies met.  This can include observations, witness testimonies, professional discussions and written accounts.


Once this Modern Apprenticeship has been completed and achieved you will become a fully qualified and time-served in your chosen field.  You can reamin in your specialist field or progress on to the supervisory or technical occupations within the sector.

Career Prospects

Bricklayer, painter & decorator (indoor/outdoor), joiner, carpenter, cabinet maker, builder.

Additional funding information

A modern apprenticeship can be funded through SDS, self-funded or paid for by your employer as a standalone SVQ2 qualification.

Course Contact Details

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