Bricklaying PDA

Course code 94K2

What is special about this course?

The PDA in Bricklaying provides further development of competences which you will already have achieved through the SVQ programme. It gives invaluable practical experience and knowledge should you 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 HNC which will further develop your hand skills and more specialised and traditional craft skills.

Special features

  • The course will equip you with an increased knowledge and understanding of the construction industry; you will also advance your craft skills
  • On successful completion you will have increased flexibility and options should you wish to progress into supervision, management or technician areas

Entry requirements

  • PDA level 6 or an SVQ in a relevant trade, such as Modern Apprenticeship Bricklaying 
  • All applicants must be in full-time employment in the trade

Year 1 - PDA

Modules may include:

  • Arch construction
  • Architectural and features work
  • Architectural landscaping
  • Circular walls on plan and elevation
  • Communication at level 7
  • External corners and piers in reconstituted stone
  • Facing blockwork and glass block panels
  • Installation of domestic heat appliances
  • Introduction to the construction industry at level 7
  • Setting out and levelling
  • Steps in brick and concrete
  • Surrounds and firebacks
  • Underpinning and shoring in alteration repair work

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time
  • You will attend campus on a block release basis

How long will my course last?

  • Block release: 10 weeks

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray
  • Orkney

Start date

  • September


For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course you may seek employment within the Construction Industry.  

Can I progress into further study?

Further study may include HNC Construction Management.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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