Access to Construction and Engineering (ACE)

What is special about this course?

Access to Construction and Engineering will give you a range of opportunities to develop your skills in the Construction and Engineering industries. It will also help build your confidence through working in teams with your fellow students.

This course has helped many students to gain employment and apprenticeships both locally and nationally.

Entry requirements

  • Prospective learners must demonstrate an interest in a career in construction or engineering
  • Consideration will also be given to learners who have completed the Personal Empowerment Programme
  • Satisfactory interview where you will be asked to complete a skills test

You will learn practical skills in a wide range of construction and engineering disciplines including:

Woodwork - Using hand and power tools to create traditional woodworking joints. Find out how to repair damaged items in your own home.

Plumbing - Learn how to fit out a bathroom suite and take the skill away with you to save money.

Painting & Decorating - Prepare and hang wall paper to surfaces you have prepared. Upgrade your home decor with your own hands.

Electrical Installation - Learn how to fit and test lighting circuits.

Welding & Fabrication - Build your very own mini steam engine and learn how to Weld using different techniques.

Employability - We will help you become more attractive to employers by encouraging you achieve the best possible goal.

Core Skills - You will be given the chance to enhance your core skills through enterprise.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

One Academic Year


Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • NC Fabrication & Welding
  • Employability Programme into Construction
  • Enhanced career prospects as an apprentice in Construction or Engineering

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Access to Construction and Engineering (ACE)

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at North Highland College UHI. North Highland College operates 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.