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Brickwork Diploma Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

If you're good with your hands, and making things gives you a sense of satisfaction, then a career in the construction industry could be just what you need to showcase your talents.

The construction industry offers plenty of scope for working on a range of different projects, both at home and abroad, with the chance of one day becoming your own boss.

On this course you will gain a broad knowledge, a good understanding and the essential skills to become a qualified Bricklayer. 


Course content

You'll learn advanced brickwork skills, together with knowledge of technical aspects related to the trade, including how to:

  • Carry out safe working practices
  • Measure/estimate quantities
  • Communicate with others/other trades
  • Apply building methods
  • Use construction technology
  • Erect and dismantle access equipment and working platforms

You will also study area-specific units, such as carrying out structural and decorative brickwork or learning how to produce specialist decorative finishes.

Functional Skills will be an integral part of the full-time Diploma Level 3.

Entry requirements

We ask that you have a Level 2 Certificate in the trade area, GNVQ Intermediate in the Built Environment or four GCSEs (grades A-C), including Science and Maths. We’ll also ask you to come for an informal interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.



You will be assessed on your coursework, and oral, practical and written examinations. There are set phase tests to pass for practical and theory aspects, and an exam to complete towards the end of the year.



Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help, in the form of bursaries, is also available for some 16-18 year old students coming to College (i.e. for those receiving income support in their own right, for those in care and for those with severe disabilities).

If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482191; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities


Upon completion of this course, you'll be in the perfect position to progress on to NVQ Level 3. 

Alternatively, if you're keen to start earning, you could find yourself a job in the construction industry and do an Advanced Apprenticeship - earn while you learn!



We’ve educated hundreds of bricklayers over the last 60 years who went on to become supervisors, foremen, site managers and business owners. 

Training as a bricklayer will provide you with numerous career opportunities for a long and fulfilling professional future. If you want to stay on in bricklaying, you can earn up to £23,000 a year; or, if you fancy becoming an instructor in the trade, you could earn £30,000! 


Further information

Experience industry through work experience and work-related learning:

In March 2015, Ofsted said that we provide learners with “a good opportunity to develop both their social and employability skills and become accustomed to the world of work”.

“I love my placement at St Mary’s Primary School! I’m able to get really involved with the children – helping them to write their name and count to 10. I now know I want to be a Teaching Assistant.”

Michelle Moorcroft

Former pupil of St Joseph’s RC High School

Childcare Level 1



Continuing development of your English and maths skills:

English and maths skills are essential to employers and most universities, and we will help you to improve these – whatever your current level.

“I’m dyslexic and I get so much support for this. The course has even fed into what I want to study at university – I’m planning on going to Lancaster University to study Drama & Creative Writing.”

Aminata Sow

Essa Academy

English GCSE



College Facilities:

Our £75 million campus offers:


  • Wella-approved hair salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee

Why not come and check it out? The best way to discover what Bolton College can do for you is by attending one of our School Leavers’ Events at our Deane Road campus on any of these dates:

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 4.30pm – 8pm

Wednesday 18th November 2015, 4.30pm – 8pm



Support with your Studies:

Here at Bolton College, we want to help all of our students to succeed with their studies, so feel free to call on personal tutors or student mentors whenever you require assistance with any aspect of your learning. For a friendly chat, call Student Support on 01204 482 669.

We also want to support you in making your next step into learning or work.  We host events throughout the year, including the award-winning annual Jobs & Skills Fair, which will help you to decide on your next step. 



Information, Advice & Guidance:

Regarding the bigger picture, our Student Services team is here to help you with course progression and career planning – whether you are an existing or a prospective student. If you’d like to book an appointment, simply call Student Services on 01204 482 182.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: A016

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