SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Brickwork is an entry level course designed to teach you the skills needed for a career in brickwork or another related construction occupation. This is a full-time course taken over 36 weeks and taught at Edinburgh College’s Granton campus.   

This course will teach you key skills that are essential when entering the construction industry. During this course you will study units such as Brickwork and Concrete Finishing which will enhance your knowledge of the industry and build strong employability skills. This course works as a steppingstone towards applying for an apprenticeship in the carpentry and joinery industry or further study.  

This course is taught between Edinburgh College classrooms and our workshops where you will gain essential, hands-on and real-life experience of the construction trade. 

You will be encouraged to gain a work placement with an employer within the construction trade for the duration of this course. These opportunities will be supported by your College lecturers but are not mandatory. Practical work experience with an employer allows you to gain knowledge of the construction industry and will heighten your employability skills. 

What You Will Learn

  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry  
  • Technical Drawing 
  • Information Technology  
  • Brickwork 
  • Concrete Finishing 
  • The Core Skills of ICT, Numeracy and Communication will be developed and certificated on this course 

Entry Requirements

  • Two passes at National 4 Level, this must include a pass in Mathematics and one in any other subject 
English Proficiency Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5

How the course is assessed

  • The course is unit based and will be graded through SQA Assessment Strategy through continuous assessment in both practical skills and theory 
Progression And Articulation Routes

  • This course provides the underpinning knowledge required to continue in further education within Built Environment and Engineering areas 

Career Opportunities
  • Brickwork or other construction related apprenticeships which can then lead to full-time employment, self-employment or owning your own business 
Number Of Days Per Week

  • 3 days per week over 36 weeks 

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Many students have progressed to workshop and site managers, self-employment and running their own company. Students have gone on to employ their own apprentices as well as many winning awards for their hard work. 

Ex-student Cary Smith tells us of her experience at Edinburgh College: 

“I found the course amazing! The knowledge and skills learnt in college have allowed me to excel within the carpentry and joinery trade. Since attending the course, I have been invited to enter competitions on behalf of the College. I would like to thank the lecturers and support staff of Edinburgh College for assisting me in becoming a fully qualified joiner.” 
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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