Built Environment: College Certificate SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

There is always a need for skilled tradespeople in building and construction.  This full time course is an ideal way of gaining an overall understanding of the Construction sector in general and has been designed to develop your competencies in brickwork and joinery.  You will study a range of subjects preparing you for further study, employment or an apprenticeship.  This course is recognised by local employers as a pre-apprenticeship course.

Special features:

  • You will study at the technology centre at our Linkwood campus
  • You will study core skills as part of the course
  • This course will prepare you for an apprenticeship

Entry requirements

Three National 4s, one of which must be Maths


satisfactory attainment of any SCQF Level 4 course. 

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Course content includes:

  • Health and Safety in a Construction Environment
  • Construction Occupation Practices: An Introduction
  • Develop Bench Joinery Skills
  • Manufacture Joinery Products
  • Develop Constructional Carpentry Skills
  • Half Brick Walling: An Introduction
  • One Brick Walling: An Introduction
  • Fundamentals of Cavity Walling
  • Employability and Behavioural Skills
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Communication
  • Numeracy


You will need a high-visibility jacket and work boots throughout this course.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full Time

Face-to-face teaching with practical sessions.


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you will have the skills to help you gain an apprenticeship or find employment within the construction industry.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"This course has helped me get a job as an apprectice joiner with a local company". R Forsyth

This course is a pre-apprenticeship course to help students gain employment in the construction industry.

Apply for Built Environment: College Certificate SCQF Level 5

I want to start in 2021/22

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