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

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

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?

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 college on a block release basis

How long will my course last?

  • Block release: 10 weeks

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI

Start date

  • September


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 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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Apply for Bricklaying PDA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

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.