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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please note, this course is now full and is no longer accepting applications for August 2024. Please feel free to register your interest by making an enquiry or apply for another course here.

This course is offered in conjunction with Morrison Construction and it is aimed at those pursuing a career within the construction industry. This is an ideal course if you want to progress to carpentry and joinery apprenticeship programmes. It gives you the chance to enhance the skills you have developed so far by utilising project work in a realistic working environment.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  5

Mode –  Full time

Days: TBC
Times: TBC
Duration: 1 year

You will develop skills in using manual and power tools, constructing frameworks, calculating materials for work, workplace health and safety, risk assessments and method statements.

Read about James Wilson's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes bench and site joinery work. Units will include:

    • Principles of building and construction
    • Operating power tools
    • Produce setting out details for bench joinery products
    • Manufacture bench joinery products
    • Finishing techniques

    You will also develop an increased knowledge of sustainability in construction.

Why choose this course

During the year you will benefit from visits to live construction sites, where you will gain industry insight and complete coursework while there. 

You will have the chance to learn through a structured work experience placement on-site with Morrison Construction, subject to satisfactory attendance and achievement throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Note: This course is a progression from NPA Construction

  • Relevant practical experience at level 5 (for example practical woodworking or craft skills)
  • Ideally, level 5 communication, numeracy and ICT OR
  • Those without the above qualifications but with relevant life or work experience are encouraged to apply

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    You can progress into HNC Computer Aided Architectural Design, and/or continue onto an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, or a preferred trade.

    Previous students have found apprenticeships with local authorities, Barrat Developments and JSK Construction Services.

Interview arrangements

Interview involves a practical skills test and group interview. Please bring with you copies of your qualifications. 

This interview may be conducted by phone or online.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more.

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.