Carpentry and Joinery SCQF 6 (Thurso) PDA

What is special about this course?

This is a valuable qualification for those looking to start or enhance a career in construction. The programme will provide you with the opportunity to acquire essential skills in carpentry and joinery, working with various tools and materials, understanding construction techniques and mastering craftsmanship. 

Completion of the course can open doors to entry-level positions and modern apprenticeships in the carpentry and joinery field.

Entry requirements

Candidates will need to have achieved a minimum of National 5 in Maths and English (or equivalent).

  • A technical subject would be advantageous.


  • Completion of Construction Skills SCQF 5


  • Candidates with current and relevant industry experience may be considered by the provision of their CV


  • All applicants will have to attend an interview showing interest in the subject area, (College procedures will be used during the interview process)
  • Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Woodworking Power Tool Skills
  • Install Domestic Fitments
  • Domestic Straight Flight Stairs
  • Door Construction
  • First Fixing
  • Ground and Upper Floor Construction
  • Panelling and Installation
  • Roof Construction
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Second Fixing
  • Timber Framed Construction and Internal Partitioning Systems
  • Woodworking Machine Skills
  • Workshop Practice and Hand Skills

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.

What can I do on completion of my course?

As a carpenter or joiner, you'll be in demand in the construction industry. Completing this PDA can help you stand out to potential employers and increase your chances of finding rewarding job opportunities and apprenticeships. If you decide to continue your education, this PDA can serve as a stepping stone to more advanced qualifications in carpentry, joinery, or construction management.

  • SVQ Carpentry & Joinery Modern Apprenticeship
  • NC Built Environment (recommended)
  • HNC Construction Management


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The reason I chose to study PDA Carpentry and Joinery is that I am hoping to begin a career in the construction industry. So far, I am finding the course rather enjoyable. I have particularly enjoyed building the kits and putting up the pods.  

Completing this course will help me in what I want to do next as it will make me more appealing for employers to take me on as an apprentice as they would not have to lose me to college.  

My plans include completing an apprenticeship and hopefully one day working as a self-employed joiner.

Sam Gemmel

From a young age, I’ve wanted to be a carpenter or joiner. I’d just moved up here and people said this course could help me to get an apprenticeship. 

The course good. I liked making the pods and I liked hanging my door. The facilities are good and it’s easy to find your way around. This course will help me do what I want to do next. It will help me get my apprenticeship as I have learned more skills and got more confident in my work. 

Jonathan Smith

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