Skills for Work National 5
Construction Crafts SCQF Level 5

An entry level introduction to the key construction trades.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at pupils who are interested in working in the construction industry, and recognises that many will not have the experience or the knowledge of the different trades to be able to make an informed choice for future studies or when considering Modern Apprenticeships. The course therefore involves a number of short units that allow pupils to try out and develop their skills across a range of trades. By completing this course at either National 4 or National 5 level, you will be developing important skills to prepare you for undertaking additional training and qualifications when you leave school, or for entering suitable employment via a Modern Apprenticeship programme.

During this course you will:

  • Develop technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of craft skills in construction;
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety issues in construction;
  • Be encouraged to develop a positive attitude to environmental issues;
  • Develop and learn to apply practical, technical and communication skills as a basis for future learning and progression;
  • Develop employment skills which can assist with finding a job in the future.

What you will experience

Teaching will take the form of practical, hands-on activities in a workshop environment, combined with classroom-based theory lessons. Classes will take place in a workshop at the College's Fraserburgh or Aberdeen Altens Campus.

This course is made up of four units. Three units are mandatory and one is chosen by the College. The mandatory units are:

  • Employability Skills
  • One Brick Walling
  • Bench Joinery

Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • An interest in the Construction industry
  • Good time keeping skills
  • A willingness and commitment to learning
  • A knowledge of appropriate dress, in particular Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others
  • Problem solving skills

To achieve the full qualification you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessment will be based on a range of practical activities in real or simulated workplace settings. Assessors will observe as you carry out tasks, and you will also complete a self review and a folio.

lecturer working with students in a workshop

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

What you will need

You will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, including safety boots, boiler suit and safety glasses.

For all construction and engineering courses it is necessary to wear PPE. You are not allowed into the workshops without PPE and will be returned to school and marked absent if you arrive without it.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Wear the appropriate clothing, including safety footwear i.e. boots or shoes with steel toe caps, boiler suit and safety glasses (PPE);
  • Be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in the workshops or classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you could consider Modern Apprenticeship opportunities or may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


If you wish to progress directly to employment upon successful completion of this course, entry-level job opportunities will be available across the construction sector.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.