Course Area Overview

Construction Trade Courses

With sustained growth returning to the sector, there has never been a better time to make a career in the construction industry. To avail of the diverse job opportunities in the modern construction sector it is necessary to have suitable and relevant qualifications in your chosen area.

Bricklaying

Bricklaying is one of the first trades on site, bricklayers precede all other tradesmen to create the foundations and line out the building, an undertaking that requires skill, precision and stamina. It has many transferable skills that are in demand not only all over the UK but abroad as well.

Plastering

To become a fully qualified plasterer students undertake four years of training (2 years each at Level 2 and Level 3). These qualifications are designed to provide learners with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills gained in the college environment with competence demonstrated in the workplace.

Painting & Decorating

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who work or want to work in the construction industry and specialise in the area of painting and decorating.  Our qualifications are aimed at people wishing to learn some skills in painting and decorating, to progress on to becoming skilled in their chosen trade, or to progress through an apprenticeship and work towards becoming a master craftsman.

Floor & Wall Tiling

This qualification allows candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Wall and Floor Tiling. You have some knowledge and basic skills in wall and floor tiling or carrying out building maintenance work - probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want recognition for your skills, giving you the chance to take on more responsibility.

Courses
Level 2 Painting and Decorating

This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Painting and Decorating quaification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. Thus it is necessary for applicants to be in appropriate employment or work placement. The course supports the Knowledge and Skills development requirements for access at all levels into Painting and decorating working environment.

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City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems qualification is for learners who have achieved a level 2 diploma in Refigeration engineering, and who want to work as refrigeration/air conditioning engineers in the building services engineering sector. It allows Learners to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps sector.

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City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering Services - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

This Level 3 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering Services (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) qualification is intended for those wanting to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry. They are also suitable for those already employed within the industry.

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Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction)

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Site Wood Occuptions (Carpentry) qualification is designed to recognise the knowledge, skills and competence demonstrated by learners in the workplace. This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering provides the opportunity for learners to demonstrate their competence.

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Level 1 Brickwork

This Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Brickwork qualification has been designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further training at Level 2. It is also designed to allow you as an employee to demonstrate your competence in an employment role within the sector.

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Level 1 Joinery

This Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. Learners will benefit from tutors with industry experience, state of the art facilities and resources and real work experience.

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Level 1 Painting and Decorating

This Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Painting and Decorating qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. The course supports the knowledge and skills development required for access to higher qualifications in Painting and Decorating. Learners will benefit from tutors with industrial experience, state of the art facilities and resources and real work experience.

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Level 1 Plastering

This Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Plastering qualification has been designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further training at Level 2. It is also designed to allow you an as employee to demonstrate your competence in an employment role within the sector.

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Level 2 Brickwork

This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Brickwork qualification has been designed for delivery in a working environment. Thus it is necessary for applicants to be in appropriate employment or work placement. the course has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work in industry or progress into further work

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Level 2 Joinery Bench

This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Bench Joinery is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. Bench Joinery is Workshop based, manufacturing joinery components used in the Construction and service industries. The course supports the knowledge and skills development required for access to all levels within the Carpentry and joinery working environment.

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Level 2 Joinery Site

This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Site Joinery qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. Thus it is necessary for applicants to be in appropriate employment or work placement. The course supports the knowledge and Skills development required for access to all levels into teh Carpentry and Joinery working environment.

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Level 2 Plastering

This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering - Solid (Basic) is a competence qualification that has been developed for delivery in a working environment. The course has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work as a plasterer within the construction industry or progress onto further learning.

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Level 2 Refrigeration

This Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Installing and Maintaining Refrigeration Systems is intended for those involved in the commissioning, installation, servicing and maintenance of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems and supports the skills necessary for employment/progression in this sector.

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Level 3 Brickwork

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Brickwork qualifiaction has been developed for delivery in a working environment. This means you need to be employed to study this qualification. This course has been designed to develope and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work within the construction industry or progress onto further learning

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Level 3 Joinery Bench

This Level 3 NVQ in Bench Joinery qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. Bench Joinery is Workshop based, manufacturing joinery components used in the Construction and service Industries. You need to be employed to study this qualification.

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Level 3 Joinery Site

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Bench Wood Occupations (Carpentry) qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. Site Carpentry is site based working on domestic and commercial buildings. You will need to be employed to study this qualification. the course supports the knowledge and Skills development requirements for access to all levels into the Carpentry and Joinery working environment.

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Level 3 Painting and Decorating

This Level 3 NVQ Painting and Decorating qualification is designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the Construction industry. The course supports the knowledge and Skills development requirements for access to all levels into the Painting and decorating working environment. You need to be employed to study this qualification.

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Level 3 Plastering

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering qualification has been developed for delivery in a working environment. This means you need to be employed to study this qualification. The course has been designed to develop and recognise your skills, knowledge and competence so that you can work as a plasterer within the construction industry or progress onto further learning.

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Level 3 Refrigeration

This Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Servicing and maintaining Refrigeration Systems will appeal to students that have completed the NVQ level 2 Diploma and want to continue their studies within teh industry. you will need to be in employment within industry to complete this Level 3 qualification.

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NOCN Developing Carpentry Hand Skills

This course is suitable for participants of all ages who enjoy working with their hands and want to develop basic carpentry hand skills. You will learn how to use a range of hand tools while completing a small project and gaining a L1 Unit/Qualification

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NOCN Floor and Wall Tiling Skills

This course is suitable for participants of all ages who enjoy DIY and want to develop Wall and Floor tiling Skills. You will learn how to use a range of hand tools while completing a small project and gaining a L1 Unit/Qualification

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NOCN Introduction to Wood Working Skills

This course is suitable for participants of all ages who enjoy DIY and want to develop basic Wood Working skills. You will learn how to use a range of hand tools while completing a small project and gaining a L1 Unit/Qualification.

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About our Construction Trade Courses

Having finally returned to growth in 2015, construction output in Northern Ireland is predicted to have an annual average growth of 3% over the next five years, higher than the UK rate of 2.5%. Demand is projected to be strongest in the managerial, supervisory and professional occupational categories.

At South West College we offer a broad range of Construction courses, designed to prepare you for a variety of careers across the Construction industry through gaining the skills and knowledge currently in demand in Industry. It will provide you with specific practical, technical, and professional skills in design, construction technology, management and communications. The courses aim to leave you equally prepared to progress and successfully complete the next level of your studies right up to Honours Degree, to directly enter employment as a highly skilled employee, or to start your own business using the skills learned.

About the qualifications

This suite of professional and technical qualifications is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed for working in a vibrant and challenging Construction industry. The qualifications are designed in a progressive way to enable students to achieve professional recognition in a diverse range of occupational areas including site based and office roles.

Level 2

NVQ / Construction Diploma in Trowel Occupation CSkills Awards L2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering

Level 3 Cskills Awards Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying CSkills Awards L3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering
Level 4 City & Guilds Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision
Level 4/5 Higher Level Apprenticeship in Sustainable Construction/Civil & Environmental Engineering/Building Services and Renewable Energies
Foundation Degree in Sustainable Construction
Foundation Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology
Foundation Degree in Building Services & Renewable Energy

Who is it suitable for?

These construction programmes are designed to benefit school leavers wanting to enter the Construction industry as a career path. They are also targeted at site tradespersons considering upskilling/reskilling to site supervisors as well as current construction engineers and professionals pursuing Continuous Professional Development.

Students will have access to a wide range of financial assistance including; EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance), Student Grants and Student Bursaries/Scholarships. If you are in
employment and seeking to upskill/reskill or if you want to undertake a new professional and technical career, you could benefit from one of a suite of Higher Level Apprenticeship in the Sustainable Construction field.

Core areas of study

Undertaking one of these programmes will provide you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in;

  • Sustainable ConstructionQuantity Surveying
  • Passive House Design
  • BIM - Building Information Modelling
  • Architecture/Architectural Technology
  • Computer Aided Design – (AutoCAD & Revit)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Building Surveying
  • Renewable Energy
  • Building Services
  • Site Management
  • Materials Testing
  • Digital Land surveying (Laboratory Based)

Students will be given the opportunity to study within the new Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST). CREST is the first educational facility of its kind in the UK and holds certified Passive House, BREEAM and Carbon Neutral status. An exceptional learning environment.