Construction Crafts (SfW) National 4

What is special about this course?

The aims of this Course in Construction Crafts are to:

  • give candidates the technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of craft skills in construction at this level;
  • develop an awareness that health and safety issues are central to the world of work, and in particular to the construction industry;
  • encourage candidates to interact with their peers and tutors to complete practical tasks;
  • encourage candidates to develop a positive attitude to waste minimisation and environmental issues;
  • enable candidates to develop and apply practical, technical and communication skills as a foundation for future learning and progression;
  • encourage candidates to apply their knowledge and understanding of construction by using skills of evaluation and problem-solving in a vocational context;
  • encourage candidates to plan their work and review their progress;
  • prepare candidates for further learning opportunities, study and training for employment in construction and the built environment sectors and related occupations.

The course is delivered predominantly but not exclusively to school pupils.

Entry requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the college and candidates will be interviewed prior to acceptance on the course.

Candidates are expected to have an interest in construction, an ability to work at literacy and numeracy level SCQF 3 together with some aptitude for graphical forms of communication.

The course comprises 5 mandatory units and 3 optional units.

Mandatory Units -

Construction Crafts: Employability Skills (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to develop work practices and attitudes that enhance their employability.  They will have opportunities to review the skills they have developed and will also develop skills in measurement and interpretation of drawings.

Construction Crafts: Half Brick Walling (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to set out and build short sections of half-brick thick wall in accordance with given drawings and to prescribed tolerances.

Construction Crafts: Decorative Painting (0.5 credit)

Candidates will carry out work with decorative finishes involving the use of brushes and rollers as well as stencilling.

Construction Crafts: Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to carry out small-scale tasks in both first-fix and second-fix joinery. They will learn skills in measurement, cutting and fixing of timbers and sheet materials.

Construction Crafts: Plumbing (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to cut, assemble and join plastic pipework in accordance with given drawings using proprietary bends and tee-pieces.

Optional Units -

Construction Crafts: Practical Copper Pipework (0.5 credit)

Candidates will learn how to cut, assemble and join copper pipework in accordance with given drawings.

Construction Crafts: Brickwork Techniques (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to set out and build extended sections of half-brick thick wall. This extended work will require the use of builders�line. Once again, the work will be carried out in accordance with given drawings and to prescribed tolerances.

Construction Crafts: Carpentry and Joinery Techniques (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to erect a small-scale framed and panelled assembly and to fabricate and replace one panel to carefully match existing.

Construction Crafts: Decorating Finishes Using Water-borne Paints (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to carry out additional paintwork tasks with purely water-borne paints. This will include a proprietary two-coat system.

Construction Crafts: Plasterwork (0.5 credit)

Candidates will work with a range of plastering equipment and materials and will be required to apply plaster to walls and manufacture plaster mouldings.

Construction Crafts: Roof Tiling (0.5 credit)

Candidates are required to complete a small-scale exercise in single lap roofing tiling to correct gauge and lap.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

This practical course is delivered face to face in the college's construction workshops or school technical rooms, depending on location.


How long will my course last?

1 or 2 academic years.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more information on start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful candidates may progress to the Skills for Work National 5 Construction Crafts programme or the full time NPA Construction course at Argyll College UHI.

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Apply for Construction Crafts (SfW) National 4

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll 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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