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 and has been designed to develop your skills in joinery, plumbing and electrical. 

You will study a range of subjects preparing you for further study, employment or an apprenticeship with local employers. 

Special features:

  • You will study at our Linkwood Technology Centre campus
  • You will study core skills
  • This course will prepare you for an apprenticeship

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s, one of which must be a Maths related subject OR
  •  A relevant SCQF Level 4 course.
  •  Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above

Course content includes:

  • Health and Safety in a construction environment
  • Appreciation of Access Platforms and Equipment
  • Carpentry & Joinery: An Introduction
  • Develop Bench Joinery Skills
  • Manufacture Joinery Components
  • Develop Constructional Carpentry Skills
  • Install and Connect Domestic Plumbing Appliances: An Introduction
  • Construction crafts, Plumbing of sanitary appliances
  • Basic Electrical Installation Skills
  • Plumbing Skills
  • Employability and Behavioural Skills
  • Construction Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Construction: Information and Communication Technology 


You will need to purchase PPE materials for this course (approx. £80) including safety footwear, workwear, glasses, work gloves, a retractable tape measure and/or a 1 metre fourfold rule. Other essential PPE will be supplied. If you qualify for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This is a practical based course delivered face-to-face on campus.


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, you will have gained valuable skills in a range of subjects, e.g., joinery, plumbing and electrical installation to help you gain an apprenticeship or find employment in local and national construction companies.

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"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

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