• Construction
  • August
  • Part-Time Day and Day Release
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

The aims of the Professional Development Award are to develop the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills of candidates working in the construction craft industry. An example of some of the units are:

  • constructional technical communication skills
  • complex timber stair construction
  • complex pitched roof construction
  • specialist doors
  • new and sustainable building technologies
  • site measuring and setting out procedures

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

Study mode
Part-Time Day and Day Release

Start date

Who is the course for?

The Advanced Craft Carpentry and Joinery PDA 7 is suitable for:

  • Apprentices, 3rd year onwards  
  • experienced individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects 
  • candidates who wish to start their own business


What will I study?

You'll learn the practical skills and knowledge to help to support and develop and build on your existing skillset.

Development of advanced knowledge and skills in Carpentry and Joinery, developing professional effectiveness in Construction Craft Industry.

Application of candidate’s knowledge of new technologies and practices providing specialised carpentry & joinery studies which are directly relevant to the individual vocations which candidates are aspiring towards.

Enabling candidates to make an immediate contribution in employment in the building industry. Underpinning practical Carpentry & Joinery experience in the workplace.

Providing increased articulation and opportunities for progression to Construction HNC.

Next step course options

Articulation to HNC Construction Management.

How will I be assessed?

On going written and practical assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

There is a continual demand for skilled construction workers, particularly in skilled Carpentry and Joinery.

You'll gain skills and practical experience in our purpose-built on-campus industry standard workshops.

Where can this course lead?

This course leads to jobs such as:

  • site management, trainee or assistant route
  • self-employment confidence
  • supervisory or charge-hand roles

What are the entry requirements?

This award was developed for candidates to advance their craft skills and give increased flexibility and options for those who wish to progress into supervision, management or technician areas roles.

It is expected that candidates who are working through their Modern Apprenticeship would undertake this course alongside experienced workers out- with the Modern Apprenticeship. This would allow employers and candidates to take advantage of increased hand skills and/or progression opportunities.

  • progression from Modern Apprenticeship - continuing
  • Modern Apprentice - returning
  • relevant industry experience - acceptance will be dependent on interview

What are the interview arrangements?

Offers made will be based on your application. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements will be invited for an individual interview.




Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for block release:

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.

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Other information:

Advanced Craft Certificate grant - CITB
We pay grants for learners' attendance on and achievement of a course that leads to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Advanced Craft Certificate in a subject related to construction.

Block release course: 1 Week in 3

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Study mode Part-Time Day and Day Release Start date 19/08/2024 Duration less than 12 weeks
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