Construction Skills Certificate

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in working in the construction industry then this course will provide you with foundation skills in a variety of key areas of construction which will enable you to make choices for the future.

The course is for new entrants to construction and is open to anyone who wants to increase their prospects of an apprenticeship or of getting into construction related work.

Good practical and theoretical skills will be taught by skilled trade professionals.

We will prepare you for the Construction Skills entry test and a career in construction.

Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.

Entry requirements

You should be reasonably fit and able to work to a general/credit level (National 4/5) of study. Mature students are welcome. All candidates will attend an interview.

  • Plumbing
  • Brickwork
  • Blockwork
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Roof Slating & Tiling
  • Electrical
  • Stonemasonry – Introduction
  • Plastering & Plaster Boarding
  • Construction Practices
  • Two week work placement in industry

You will also have the chance to take the following industry certificates:

  • Health and Safety – IOSH
  • CSCS card
  • Access Platforms – Safe use

The majority of SQA units in this course are at SCQF level 4/5. The course is continuously assessed and assessments take place throughout each unit.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Taught sessions, work experience and the necessity for some self study.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

3 days a week for the full academic year (34 weeks).

How will I be assessed?

    The course is continuously assessed and assessments take place throughout each unit.

Where can I study my course?

    • Fort William
    • Portree

Start date



Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Career progression includes apprenticeships in the construction industry, labouring positions, self-employment and progression onto higher education studies within the construction industry.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2019/20

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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