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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
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    SCQF Level:   05


Please note, this course is now full. You can still apply for this course, but your application will be placed on a waiting list.

This course is offered in conjunction with Morrison Construction and 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 use the skills you have developed so far in project work in a realistic working environment.

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.

New content for 2019-20 includes IOSH Working Safely, Safe Working at Heights Training and the opportunity to achieve your CSCS card. 

Read about James Wilson's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes bench and site joinery work, health and safety requirements, and skills in communication, information technology, problem solving, team-working and numeracy. Practical units include:

    • Carcase construction
    • Door construction
    • Partitions
    • Finishing techniques

Why choose this course

During the year you will benefit from visits to live construction sites, where you will gain industry insight and networks. 

You will have the chance to learn through a structured four week work experience placement on-site with Morrison Construction*


*Subject to satisfactory attendance and achievement throughout the year. 

Entry requirements

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
  • Where it leads

    Education/employment: apprenticeship in your preferred trade or other employment/study; apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery; NC Built Environment/NC Civil Engineering.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited to interview, we will email you with the date and time. You should plan to be in college for up to three hours. Bring evidence of any qualifications or employment references.

The interview involves:

  • Arrival, welcome and course overview
  • Individual aptitude test
  • Individual interview and the chance to discuss the course with two members of staff from the department

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, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.