Construction Skills Certificate
What is special about this course?
The construction industry is booming in the West Highlands. Do you want to be part of that success story in the future?
Our course offers you practical experience in the different sectors of the industry, each delivered by practising tradespeople. So try your hand at bricklaying, roofing, electrics, joinery etc. By working on these different specialities over the year, you will be in a position to make an informed choice about which one you prefer and wish to continue through either employment, possible apprenticeship or further college training.
You do not need any experience to join us but we know you will gain plenty through practical sessions, sharing years of work experience with our lecturers, learning from others in the class and making the most of our purpose built and well-equipped construction rooms.
You will have the chance to take industry certificates: Health and Safety (IOSH), CSCS Card and Access Platforms (safe use). You will also be supported in a two week work placement where youcan put your new skills in to practise.
You will also study ICT, Numeracy and Communication. Each will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying, be relevant at all times and will enable you to move on with confidence when you leave college.
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.
- Carpentry & Joinery
- Painting & Decorating
- Roof Slating & Tiling
- Stonemasonry – Introduction
- Plastering & Plaster Boarding
- Construction Practices
- Two week work placement in industry
- Core skills in Numeracy, Communication and ICT
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?
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
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?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
What our students, graduates and staff say
I would recommend this course. It’s hands on and that really suited me. I like the variety and how we try out lots of different trades over the year. We are treated almost liked apprentices.
All our lecturers are in trade themselves and they work locally. They have so much to share with us from their years of practical experience. We learn the skill but if you keep your ears open, you can pick up a lot of useful information about self-employment and the realities of starting a business.
Apply for Construction Skills Certificate
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.