Construction Crafts (SfW) National 5

What is special about this course?

The aims of this Course in Construction Crafts are to build on the practical skills developed and knowledge acquired during the National 4 course to help prepare candidates for further education or training within the construction sector, and will also:

  • give candidates the knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of craft skills in construction at this level;
  • develop an awareness that health and safety issues and risk assessment are central to the world of work and, in particular, to the construction industry;
  • encourage candidates to be proactive regarding health and safety;
  • 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 interact with their peers and lecturers to complete practical tasks;
  • 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, review their progress and implement change where necessary;
  • prepare candidates for further learning opportunities, study and training for employment in construction and the built environment sectors and related occupations.

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.

It would be beneficial for candidates to have attained Skills for Work Construction Crafts at National 4 level.

The courses comprises 3 mandatory and 1 optional units -

Mandatory Units -

Construction Crafts: Employability Skills (1 credit)

Candidates are required to develop work practices and attitudes that enhance employability. They will review the skills they have developed and adapt their performance in subsequent activities. Candidates will carry out basic risk assessments and record their findings. They will also develop skills in interpretation of drawings and in preparing basic materials schedules from drawing and specification information.

Construction Crafts: One-Brick Walling (1 credit)

Candidates are required to set out and build short sections of one-brick wall in accordance with given drawings and to prescribed tolerances. This will give them experience of brick bonding techniques significantly beyond simple half-brick walls.

Construction Crafts: Bench Joinery (1 credit)

Candidates will learn a number of joinery jointing techniques. They will learn skills in measurement as well as how to cut, assemble and fix timbers into a frame from a given drawing.

Optional Units -

Construction Crafts: Plumbing of Sanitary Appliances (1 credit)

Candidates are required to assemble, fit and fix a significant piece of sanitary ware such as a wash hand basin. They will assemble and fix associated fittings such as handwheels (taps) and wastes and will fabricate and connect both copper and plastic pipework associated with the sanitary appliance.

Construction Crafts: Decorative Painting Techniques (1 credit)

Candidates will carry out work in forming decorative bands and lines. They will work with moulded panels and gain skills in replicating given designs in freehand brushwork. Finally, candidates will learn how to mix different colours to match given paint samples.


All Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied by the college.

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 academic year.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June. 


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 full time NPA Construction at UHI Argyll, or enter a construction Modern Apprenticeship .

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Apply for Construction Crafts (SfW) National 5

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

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