Construction Skills @ SCQF Level 4 (C&G)

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If you are interested in starting a career in the construction industry but are not sure what particular trade area you want to pursue then this is the course for you. This is an exciting opportunity to take that first step to a career that is both satisfying and rewarding.




Attendance: Full Time - Predominantly face to face practical delivery approach although there may be some limited theory classes that can completed from home.
Attendance either in college or online for 2 days per week

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

No formal academic qualifications are required, however applicants must:

  • Display a passion for a career in the construction industry during application and interview
  • Demonstrate the ability to work at SCQF level 4 
  • If currently at college studying construction, achieve a positive learner reference from your personal tutor confirming that you have the ability to successfully complete this course.
  • Attend an information and interview session should you be offered one, on the given date and time.

Prior to the information and interview session you will be required to research the answers to the preset question detailed in the ‘Information and Interview Session Requirements’ section

During the information and interview session, following the information session, applicants will have a short interview with a member of staff to reveal their answers to the preset questions and discuss their suitability for the course prior to a decision being made about their application.

Safety footwear, hi viz vests and head protection is always compulsory within our workshops and the college will provide you with all PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for which you will be responsible to look after and wear. 


Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

During your information and interview session, lecturers will be looking at the following criteria:

  • How you present yourself at interview.
  • How committed you are to a future career in construction.
  • Knowledge of progression routes for your chosen course.
  • The level of research and accuracy of responses to the 5 general construction questions below.

You may bring some notes to help you answer your responses. 

  • Describe the differences between a terraced, semi-detached and detached house.
  • Describe the system that heats the hot water within your house.
  • Describe how you would calculate the area of a feature wall that requires wallpapering.
  • Describe how you would calculate the perimeter of a room that requires skirting boards installed.
  • What is the length of a common brick? 

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

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.

  • Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction
  • Introduction to the Construction Industry 


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


Students successfully completing the course will be awarded a level 4 City and Guilds Construction Skills certificate which would allow direct entry to any of the level 5 trade specific qualifications (plumbing, joinery or painting and decorating) or NPA Construction: Multi Trade. Pending a positive progressing learner reference to your chosen course. 

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

Career Prospects

This course in construction can be the start to many career paths from apprenticeship to craft operative (joiner, plumber, painter etc) to site manager to architect.

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 the how employers are looking for apprentices who have prior construction knowledge and skills.
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