Access to Construction SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This course is a blend of practical exercises and activities work where you will gain a range of practical hand skills through Carpentry and Joinery, Brickwork, Roof Tiling, Painting and Decorating.  Craft skills will be completed and assessed within a workshop environment or as part of a live project. In addition to the practical skills you will research other job roles and responsibilities within the construction sector, in particular to the Construction Technician profession such as architects, project managers, building engineers and surveyors.

The potential to help chose design and work on a live construction project is an exciting new concept which will assist you in deciding which Construction occupation could be for you. You will learn to monitor and review your own task management skills, produce a plan and generate a range of evidence which will be assessed on an ongoing basis as you work towards completing the project.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

There are 2 units designed to develop your industry awareness and self development, (Understanding Industry and Personal Development: Self and Work) which support the practical introductory units, chosen from a range including Carpentry and Bench Joinery, Brickwork, Roof Tiling, Painting and Decorating, Plasterwork and Basic Principles of Stone Masonry.


Your bursary will cover all PPE required.

How will I study my course?

    All face to face and very practical, mostly workshop but some classroom delivery too.

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Where can I study my course?

      • Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre

    Start date

    This course will run on Mondays (9-4), Tuesdays (9-1), and Wednesdays (9-12) for 18 weeks.
    The start date is Monday 23rd January 2023.


    Scottish resident full-time students will automatically have their course fees paid for this course.   

    If you have recently moved to, or do not normally live in Scotland, you may need to pay £5,970 in course fees, these can be paid in instalments. Families of Armed Services personnel are subject to different fees regulations and may also have to pay course fees. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you. 

    This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU). 

    Part-time FE students who are on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits may also have their course fees paid for them. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  


    Bursary for Living Costs 

    If you are 18 years of age or over on the start date of your course, and will be studying full-time you may be eligible for bursary funding, depending on your household income. Our bursary fund is finite and is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it’s important to make your application for bursary as soon as the application process opens in July. You will need to have accepted our offer before you apply. 

    If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA. EMA is paid at a rate of £30 per week dependent on your total household income.  

    Please see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide for full details of Bursary and EMA.  

    You may also be eligible for assistance with travel and childcare, and we have discretionary funds for those students in need. You can find all the information you need in our funding pages

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course will enable you to identify which area of trades you wish to focus on for your bext steps.

    Is there more information available online?

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    I want to start in Jan 2023

    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.