Digital Introduction to Construction (Level 5)
The construction industry requires skilled traditional trades, such as joiners and bricklayers, and it also requires well-trained and qualified staff as technologists and technicians. This entry level course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for employment in both the traditional trades and at technician level in a dynamic and digital construction industry.
Digital technologies require a new ways of working and collaboration between the traditional trades, site managers, construction technicians and architects. This course blends traditional trades manufacturing processes and introduces digital technology to prepare students to meet the challenges of the modern construction industry.
What will I learn?
This course is evenly split between the practical skills of the traditional trades and the introduction of contemporary digital skills required by the modern day worker.
During the course you will learn a whole range of vital industry skills:
Practical skills and manufacture:
- Construction and manufacture of common building elements
- Painting and decorating
- Carpentry and joinery
- Understanding how domestic properties are designed and how a well-designed house must function
- Traditional methods of construction
- Modern methods of construction
Underpinning knowledge and Problem solving:
- Health & Safety
- Selection of materials for sustainable performance
- Site surveying and setting out buildings
- Computer aided design (CAD)
- Computers numerically controlled machines (CNC)
- Laser cutters
- Information Technology (IT)
Employer and industry links
We have contacts in the industry with prospects for the right students to experience a work placement, with the potential of the work placement leading to full-time employment.
Progression from the College's current level 4 is available to all successful students to our level 5 and ultimately our HNC Construction Management programme.
Jobs and further study
Successful completion of this course will allow progression to the NC Built Environment programme. For exceptional students there may be the opportunity to progress to HNC Construction Management or to go directly into employment within the industry.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- Three National 4 qualifications, or equivalent, in English, Maths and one technical subject, or
- NQ Introduction to Skills in Construction, or equivalent
- Two references (Current students will require an internal reference only)
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- Selection is by interview for external candidates. Please bring your qualifications, photographic ID and references with you.
- During the interview, you are expected to express your interest in construction and your reasons for applying
- You should take two references to your interview, along with your most up-to-date qualifications.
- If you are already studying a construction course and are progressing, you should apply and bring an internal reference.
- Selection interviewing will take place from April onwards and you will be informed of the outcome by the end of May.
You will receive one of the following outcomes:
- An unconditional place: Your place is guaranteed on return of your acceptance.
- A conditional place: Your place is secured once you meet the conditions set
- Reserve list: The course is full and you have been placed on a waiting list. If any places become available, you may be contacted.
- Unsuccessful: You have not met the entry criteria
Student Advice can be contacted to discuss alternative options if unsuccessful.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. student funding.