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In Short

If you want to work in the construction industry then the Level 1 course is ideal for you as it develops your practical skills and the theoretical knowledge required for brickwork. You do not need to be employed within your chosen trade to undertake this course as it will teach you the underpinning knowledge required as well as building your practical skills. You can then progress to the Level 2 and Level 3 courses where you will be introduced to the whole building experience and develop all the knowledge and skills you need to become a professional. You will continue to develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for this well-respected craft in the building industry.

Entry Requirements

  • Selection is by interview
  • GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths (or equivalent) or completion of Entry Level 3 Diploma in Basic Construction Skills plus relevant GCSEs or L1 Functional Skills in English & Maths
  • You must demonstrate an interest and commitment to study.

Course Content

  • Carry out safe working practices
  • Information, quantities and communication
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Setting out and building basic masonry structures up to damp course level
  • Carry out basic bricklaying
  • Carry out basic blocklaying
  • Carry out basic cavity walling
  • You will also study personal and social development, and the work skills qualification designed to prepare you for employment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assignments, but you will also take written theory papers throughout the course. For Level 3 you will also take end of unit synoptic tests throughout the course.



Students who completed this course have progressed to Brickwork Level 2 Diploma and NVQ Level 2 Brickwork, which is the recognised minimum requirement to work in the construction industry and must be completed with work experience.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock. You will be advised of the text books and materials required to assist you on the course nearer to the time of study. It is essential that you wear safety boots and safety glasses in the workshop as without these no practical work can be undertaken.


  • If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.
  • If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email
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