Carpentry and Joinery PDA

Course code 93K2

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 HNC 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
  • Complex timber stair construction
  • Specialist doors
  • Sustainable technology
  • Technical communications
  • Workshop and site setting out

Option modules may include:

  • Complex in-situ timber formwork
  • High class finishings
  • Purpose-made fitment construction
  • Windows and screens


How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will primarily be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the 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 - September starts only
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI - September starts only
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI - September starts only

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 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 college 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 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 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.