Carpentry and Joinery SVQ3

What is special about this course?

The course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become a tradesperson and to work as part of an efficient construction team.

The SVQ3 Carpentry and Joinery course is of a very practical nature and a site simulation project forms part of the course. There are various TAP units on offer which require to be completed over the 2 years (PDA6) plus a mandatory Construction Skills Health and Safety Test. Candidates are also required to undertake a Skills Test during the final (4th) year of their apprenticeship.

You will need to apply for this course direct through Skills Development Scotland. Direct applications to Orkney College UHI will not be accepted.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to undergo an initial selection test and in order to undertake the entire course; applicants must be offered a place by a local employer who will provide work experience.

Construction Skills will provide a list of employers but applicants will be encouraged to make the initial approach.

Units include:

  • Workshop Practice and Hand Skills
  • First Fixing
  • Second Fixing
  • Wood Working Machine Skills
  • Wood Working Power Tool Skills
  • Install Domestic Fitments
  • Domestic Straight Flight Stairs
  • Timber Frame Construction
  • Roof Construction
  • Repairs and Maintenance


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Block release

Students spend a total of 19 weeks in year 1 and 11 weeks in year 2 at College in blocks of 2 - 4 weeks duration.

The Course is continuously assessed.

How long will my course last?

2 Years Block Release + Time Served

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Further education tuition fees

    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression to Professional Development Award (PDA) 7 in Carpentry and Joinery. 

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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