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Bricklaying Diploma Level 2 at West Lancashire College

Course description

Bricklaying is one of the traditional trades both in the UK and around the world - Sir Winston Churchill is known to have enjoyed laying bricks and building walls during his lifetime. Those studying bricklaying will learn a variety of skills to enable them to build, repair and maintain the country's housing stock. Our qualifications are aimed at people wishing to learn some skills in bricklaying, to progress on to becoming skilled in their chosen trade, or to progress through an apprenticeship and work towards becoming a master craftsman.

This course is part of the standard Level 2 route to a career in construction.

This course is for school leavers and adults interested in a career in construction.

Successful students tend to:
- have practical skills and good hand skills 
- be able to follow technical drawings, building plans, and other instructions 
- be fit and strong enough to carry tools and materials
- have good communication skills
- be able to work quickly and neatly
- enjoy working with others

Course content

Areas covered include:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Interpreting work drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Producing thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
  • Build solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Theory Classes will take place at Main Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DX

Practical Classes will take place at West Lancashire Construction Academy, Gillibrands, Skelmersdale, WN8 9JP

Entry requirements

Students will need to have a recognised Bricklaying Level 1 qualification.

All successful candidates will be interviewed and selected for the course.

Future opportunities

Bricklaying courses may allow students to gain employment within the construction industry. Alternatively students may wish to move on to an Apprenticeship.

A certain level of manual dexterity will be required for these courses.

This course is designed to open up the world of Construction to students either as a continuing student or potentially as an employed trainee. Career progression opportunities include:

• Labouring
• Masonry work
• Ground worker
• Foreperson
• Dry stone walling
• Plastering
• Carpentry & Joinery
• Site management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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