Carpentry and Joinery PDA

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What is special about this course?

The PDA in Carpentry and Joinery provides invaluable practical experience and knowledge to those who aspire to other professions in Construction outside the role of a developed craftsperson, such as supervision and management. 

Completion of your PDA will also give you the opportunity to progress to an Advanced Certificate which will further develop your hand skills and more specialised and traditional craft skills.

Special features

  • The PDA will equip you with an increased knowledge and understanding of the construction industry
  • You will also advance your craft skills
  • On completion you will have increased flexibility and options if you wish to progress into supervision, management or technician posts
  • You will study part-time which means you can fit your studies around your work and family commitments
  • This course builds on the competencies achieved through the SVQ programme 

Entry requirements

For information on entry requirements for this course please contact the UHI partner college where you wish to study.

Year 1 - PDA

Core modules may include:

  • Complex Pitched Roof Construction
  • Specialist Doors
  • Complex Timber Stair Construction
  • Workshop and Site Setting Out
  • Sustainable Technology
  • Technical Communications

Option modules may include:

  • Windows and Screens
  • High Class Finishings
  • Complex In-Situ Timber Formwork
  • Purpose-made Fitment Construction


How will I study my course?

  • Part-time
  • You will attend on a block-release basis
  • You will study this course by block-release attending college for 10 weeks over a 1 year period
  • For more details on how you will study this course, please contact the campus where you wish to study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time block-release : 10 weeks over a 1 year basis

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI - No January start available
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI - No January start available

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus where you wish to study



For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant campus for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the PDA Carpentry and Joinery you will be in the position to develop your career in the construction industry.

Can I progress into further study?

Further study options may include Advanced Certificate in Construction and Practice and  HNC Construction Management.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Carpentry and Joinery PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.