Skills for Work: Practical Experiences: Construction and Engineering National 3 (SCQF level 3)

Skills for Work: Practical Experiences: Construction and Engineering National 3 (SCQF level 3)

Qualification Information

National 3 Skills for Work: Practical Experiences: Construction and Engineering is an introductory qualification. It develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the industry. Learners will develop skills to become effective job-seekers and employees.

The purpose of the Course is to ensure that candidates start to understand the range of employment opportunities and job roles in these broad sectors. Candidates will also develop some of the basic generic practical skills and introductory knowledge and understanding necessary to enhance employment opportunities.

At SCQF level 3, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support. 

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the construction and engineering area.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects 
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to Construction and Engineering
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment 
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful learners may progress to:

  • National 4 Engineering Skills
  • National 4 Construction Crafts
  • SVQs in Construction and Engineering areas
  • programmes in Further Education colleges 
  • vocational training
  • employment


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

Resource requirements

It is recommended that centres work in partnership with other organisations to assist in offering a realistic working environment. This may be schools working with colleges, retailers or training providers to ensure that candidates have opportunities which allow them to develop desirable employability skills. Internet access is desirable to assist in candidate’s research of retailers and access to video equipment is beneficial when undertaking role play while learning communication techniques associated with customer satisfaction. It should be apparent to candidates that this course is not a classroom based course but involves opportunities to undertake practical tasks which are everyday tasks in a retail environment.

How to assess

Assessment in this Course will be based mainly on a range of practical workshop activities, supported by tutor observation checklist, together with candidate self-evaluation reviews.

Employability skills are integrated with the practical skills Units, and candidates can readily gather evidence for assessment during their work in practical activities. Reviewing progress with generic employability skills and attitudes will take place in the practical context of work in the different craft activities.

Candidates will complete a minimum of two review sheets in the different trade activities. Interpreting simple drawings should also take place during the work in practical activities. Candidates will produce evidence as a natural part of the learning and teaching process for the practical Units. They will first learn and practise the correct techniques and methods for each of the skills they undertake. Assessment of the various practical tasks will take place at appropriate points throughout the Course, allowing time for candidates to make quality checks of their finished products, before submitting for assessment.

Each Unit is supported by a National Assessment Bank (NAB) item which provides an assessment package and exemplifies the national standard.

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit.

The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit. The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C240 73 (18 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Practical Experiences: Construction and Engineering at SCQF level 3 consists of three mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Internal Assessment Reports