Courses at Ayrshire College

NPA Building Services with Plumbing

Campus Attendance Start Date
17: Full Time 28-Aug-2017 Apply

SCQF Level

Level 5


Full time

Campus/Course Availability


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Three National 4s or three relevant Standard Grades at General Level, Maths and or Physics preferable, or a pass in a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent.

A place on the course is subject to an interview process. Students without any formal qualifications, but with life experience and a demonstrable interest in the subject area will also be considered for entry.

What's Involved

In this course you will learn the practical skills, environmental aspects and associated technologies, at the appropriate level. If you achieve this qualification you will be an attractive option for potential employers within the Building Services Engineering sectors of Plumbing; Heating and Ventilating; Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Electrical, Electro Technical. The NPA is, in effect, a pre-apprenticeship award. There is a strong emphasis on safety throughout the program.

The NPA is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and skills required to make an immediate contribution in employment or further opportunities for study/training within the Scottish Building Services Engineering sector.

Units covered may include

  • Basic Plumbing Operations
  • Basic Heating and Ventilation Operations
  • Basic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Operations
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Basic Electrical Installation Operations
  • Systems, Roles, Responsibilities and Procedures
  • Science
  • Application of Electrical Hand Tools and Accessories
  • Sheet Lead Weathering: An Intro
  • Plumbing Services : An Intro
  • Hot and Cold Water Systems: An Intro
  • Discharge Systems : An Intro
  • Prepare and Secure Domestic Plumb Appliances: An Intro
  • Skills for Lifelong Learning and Work
  • Communication
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy
  • Problem solving
  • Essential skills development
  • CSCS Training
  • Construction Occupation Practices: An Intro

Go Anywhere

Successful completion of this course will give you multiple opportunities for progression within the plumbing electrical and construction sectors.

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If your ambition is to build a career in construction we can offer you a good solid foundation in whichever area that interests you, including craft, technician, design and management occupations, including architects and civil engineers.

Our courses combine real hands-on training with excellent classroom instruction in the latest methods, materials and building practices. Students will cover subjects such as Architectural Sketching, Construction Materials and Specification, Construction Site Surveying and Construction Technology. All of our courses are industry approved and available at access courses through to advanced levels.

There are opportunities to progress to professional occupations such as Quantity Surveying, Site Managers and Architects.


There’s a huge variety of careers to choose from such as bricklayers and joiners. Employers are looking for team workers with good communication skills and people who are honest, reliable and motivated.

Our courses will allow students to develop skills in brickwork, stonemasonry, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, electrical installation or plumbing. Many local employers provide work experience placements for our students. Others develop skills by assisting voluntary and charitable organisations with various projects, this is of great benefit to the local community.

Many of our students secure full-time apprenticeships in a variety of trades including Bricklaying, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing and Electrical Installation. Others have gone on to start their own businesses.


The automotive industry is huge and supports just about every other industry you can think of. The automotive industry’s influence is felt by everyone whether it’s commuters travelling to work, HGV drivers carrying goods to customers on time, the emergency services responding to a need, couriers, public transport even motor sports.  The automotive industry helps keep the country moving.

Our workshops are fully resourced with specialist systems and diagnostic tooling, to include Hybrid vehicle technology on some campuses.

We deliver nationally recognised motor vehicle courses to suit all levels of ability. Our strong links with industry ensure that our courses reflect current demands and provide opportunities for work experience. Employment opportunities are available in job roles including Motor Vehicle Mechanic (Light or Heavy Vehicles) and Service Engineer.


Agriculture is an important sector of the Scottish economy. Much of the land in Scotland is under agricultural production and the sector is responsible for much of Scotland's food exports. The industry creates many economic, environmental and social benefits, with a large number of people directly employed in agricultural activities.

This rural campus provides a realistic setting for students looking to move into the horticulture and tree surgery sector. Horticulture, Tree Surgery and Garden and Landscaping courses are based here.

Our courses can lead to various types of work including Country Park Rangers, Gardeners or Landscapers. Our tree surgery courses are nationally recognised and allow students to progress to advanced courses in horticulture or occupations such as Arboriculturists or Tree Surgeons.

The tree surgery courses offered at this campus includes training and preparation for National Proficiency Testing Council (NPTC) certificate of competence of chainsaw and relative use.


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Jack Lynes is an engineering apprentice with Billy Bowie Tankers in Kilmarnock.

Here he explains the benefits of an apprenticeship, alongside Fleet Operations Manager Douglas Bowie.


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On 3 June 2014 students from around the College presented to the Board of Management. 







Kevin Milroy

"The course opened my eyes to health and safety in the workplace. I also really enjoyed learning about the commercial side of the industry and developing my managerial skills. I was in a class with a lot of clever and talented people."

Read more about Kevin's story here

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Franco D'ambrosio - cumnock Campus construction case study

"I was a fisherman in the North Sea and west coast of Scotland for years. Although I loved it, I wanted a less risky job after my son was born. The thought of having a trade had always appealed to me. I started at Cumnock Campus on an access course which covered Electrical and Plumbing work."

Read more about Franco's story here

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"I have always wanted to be a joiner. I always enjoyed practical subjects and knew from school that I would be best suited to a craft based job which was hands-on."

Read more about Stuart's story here. 

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  "Most of our courses are certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry. These qualifications are recognised internationally and past students have secured employment abroad in places as far as USA and New Zealand. It’s exciting for our students to experience such great opportunities."
Read the New Campus Countdown blog here

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"I really like seeing the building progress and I love that every day is different. It has been a steep learning curve but really enjoyable. The people that I work with are fantastic, everyone really supports each other. The experience I am gaining is wonderful. No text book in the world could provide this level of knowledge or insight."

Read Rachel's blog here

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At Ayrshire College we understanding how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce.  Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices. 

Short Course Range

  •        Iosh Working Safely
  •        Iosh Managing Safely
  •        17th Edition
  •        Inspection and Testing
  •        City and Guilds PAT Testing
  •        PASMA
  •        CSCS with Iosh Working Safely
  •        Manual Handling
  •        Hybrid Technology
  •        Gas Training and Assessment


We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you.  Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.

Our Construction, Trades, Motor Vehicle and Horticulture short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you.  Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 option 4 to discuss your training requirements.