• Trades

    Pre-Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery @ SCQF4

  • SCQF Level

    Level 4

  • Attendance/Duration

    One year, full-time (36 Weeks) at the Ayr Campus
    Short Full-time course (2 x 18 Weeks) at the Kilmarnock campus

Course Availability

This course is taking applications for waiting list only at Ayr Campus.


Take the next step into carpentry and joinery with our Level 4 course. Develop essential skills, where crafts skills meet the needs of construction. In just one year, you can gain valuable expertise that starts your career within the industry.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications or experience are needed. If you don't have formal qualifications but have life experience, we'll still consider you.

An interview and/or practical entry test.

Course Content

  • Tools of the trade: familiarise yourself with essential tools for measuring, cutting, and fixing
  • Marking out and forming basic timber joints: learn to construct fundamental woodworking joints, laying the foundation for your carpentry & joinery skills
  • Manufacturing a range of timber frames: progress to crafting more complex frames using various workshop equipment
  • Real-world projects: apply your skills to a community or college project, gaining hands-on experience
  • Industry exploration: understand the diverse roles and trades within the construction industry, broadening your knowledge
  • Health and safety: prioritise safety by learning health and safety measures, ensuring a secure work environment
  • Essential skills: develop transferable skills, including communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and problem-solving

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

On completion of this course, you may:

  • progress to Pre-Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery (SCQF Level 5)
  • pursue a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship, kickstarting your career in the construction industry
  • discover pathways to academic growth and job prospects, all while gaining practical skills that employers are looking for

Why Choose This Course?

Hands-on learning that combines practical skills with essential skills for the future. Gain technical expertise but also transferable skills like communication, teamwork and problem-solving.

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