Construction and Engineering (ACE) SCQF 4/5 (Thurso) Access

What is special about this course?

Take your first steps into the construction and engineering industries on our practical, employment focussed, Access to Construction and Engineering course. You will complete units and awards at national 4/5 level and on completion, can progress onto your chosen discipline

The Access to Construction and Engineering course will give you a range of opportunities to develop your skills in the Construction and Engineering Industries.  It will also help build your confidence through working in teams with your fellow students.

This course has helped many students to gain employment and apprenticeships both locally and nationally.

Throughout this course you will be given the chance to enhance your core skills, improve your Maths knowledge and learn to work efficiently and effectively allowing you to become more attractive to employers.

Entry requirements

  • Prospective learners must demonstrate an interest in a career in construction or engineering
  • Consideration will also be given to learners who have completed the Personal Empowerment Programme
  • Satisfactory interview where you will be asked to complete a skills test, the results of this skills test will allow us to assess your suitability for a place on the course

NPA Construction Craft and Technician (NAT 4)

  • Brickwork
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Personal Development  
  • Understanding Industry 

NPA Construction Skills (NAT 5)

  • Design and Manufacture
  • One Brick Walling
  • Develop Bench Joiner Skills
  • Decorative Painting
  • Efficient Construction Practices

Engineering Skills National 4 

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical/Electronic
  • Fabrication
  • Manufacture and Assembly

Engineering Skills National 5

  • Mechanical and Fabrication
  • Electrical/Electronic
  • Maintenance
  • Design and Manufacture


  • Bridging Maths
  • Academic Development

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

One Academic Year


Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course, you will have enhanced career prospects as an apprentice in your chosen discipline.

You could also progress on to further study in construction or engineering:

  • Construction Skills SCQF 5
  • SVQ/NC Fabrication & Welding SCQF 5
  • SVQ/NC Engineering Systems & Engineering Practice SCQF 5

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides 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.