NPA Construction Craft and Technician at SCQF level 4

NPA Construction Craft and Technician at SCQF level 4

The NPA in Construction Craft and Technician at SCQF level 4 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the construction sector.

It develops knowledge and understanding of a range of construction disciplines together with the practical, technical and transferable skills required to carry out and complete a vocational project.

This NPA covers areas such as carpentry and bench joinery, painting and decorating, brickwork, plasterwork, roof tiling, stonemasonry, and personal development.

It is available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why study this qualification

The NPA Construction Craft Technician at SCQF level 4 is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who have just left school
  • adults returning to education

It is also suitable if you are in employment and wish to obtain a formal qualification.

This qualification is based on a project and offers scope for personalisation and choice. You will develop technical skills together with transferable skills such as:

  • resource management and organisational skills
  • problem solving and planning abilities
  • communication skills

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Employment and progression

You could use the level 4 Construction Craft and Technician award to progress to:

  • the NPA in Construction at SCQF level 5
  • the NPA in the Built Environment at SCQF level 5
  • a variety of Professional Development Awards, for example the PDA in Stonemasonry
  • a variety of Scottish Vocational Qualifications, for example the SVQ 3 Craft Apprenticeship
  • employment in the construction sector, perhaps as a labourer

Qualification structure

Group award code: GP6544 (21 SCQF credit points)

The NPA Construction Craft and Technician at SCQF level 4 consists of two mandatory units (12 SCQF credit points) and three optional units (9 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification (585 KB)

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Qualification structure

Group award code: GP6544 (21 SCQF credit points)

The NPA Construction Craft and Technician at SCQF level 4 consists of two mandatory units (12 SCQF credit points) and three optional units (9 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification (585 KB)

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How to assess

The delivery and assessment of the vocational project must be in the context of the construction industry and relate to construction technician professions such as architects, project managers, building engineers and surveyors.

Assessment will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under open-book assessment conditions. An observation checklist will be used to assess the practical exercises in all outcomes

See the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Deliver this qualification

Resources

It would be beneficial for staff delivering the qualification to have suitable industry experience and relevant teaching qualifications. A familiarity with evidence-based assessment is recommended for assessing practical units. Observation checklists will be used alongside supportive digital evidence such as audio, photographic and video records.

For the practical based elements of the qualification, centres/schools are required to provide a specialist practical workshop and/or project areas that comply with health and safety requirements, such as specialist Personal Protective Equipment and hand tools, in order to facilitate practical assessments.

In addition, learners will require access to a classroom and appropriate ICT facilities to complete the knowledge and understanding components of the award.

It is recommended that delivery centres develop collaborative partnerships with further education centres, colleges, employers and local suppliers, wherever possible to assist/enhance the delivery of the award.