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Basic Construction Skills Diploma at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

Our Level 1 course is ideal for those who have an interest in a career in the Construction Industry but do not have any knowledge of the trade areas or what they offer.

Course content

During the course, you will learn the following:

- Basic Carpentry skills
- Basic Bricklaying skills
- Basic Plastering skills
- Basic Plumbing skills
- Basic Painting & Decorating skills
- Employability skills

Entry requirements

Minimum 2 GCSEs at Grade E/2 or above OR a BTEC or City & Guilds Construction Qualification.

A Suitable Reference and Interview.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.


To pass this course you will have to successfully complete all practical assignments.

All assessments are carried out by qualified assessors to the required qualification standard.

Future opportunities

If you successfully pass this course you can apply to progress on to a L1 Diploma in the trade are that is best suited to your natural abilities.

Learners who have a high standard of attendance and have demonstrated a positive attitude can be recommended for any available apprenticeships.

Further information

You will be required to provide safety boots and appropriate clothes to wear in the workshop.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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    • Woodlands Campus

      An £8.5 million expansion of our Woodlands Campus now incorporates a new state of the art specialist centre for multi-craft, bricklaying, painting and decorating, plastering, carpentry and an expanded motor vehicle training facility. A new sports pitch also enhances the existing sports facilities.

      The new Engineering and Construction facility houses twelve new workshops; six for construction and six for motor vehicle. The rooms accommodate an MOT/motor sport workshop; an engine workshop and further rooms for decorating, plastering and brickwork.

      Woodlands has purpose-built engineering workshops as well as commercial-standard hair and beauty salons. Our IT facilities, learning resource centres and library are also first-rate.

      We also offer a selection of higher education courses at our Woodlands Campus so you can continue your studies with us.

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      The main bus terminal in north Solihull is located in Chelmsley Wood centre. The number 94, 676, 694, 71, 966 and 966A stop at the main terminal with the number 94 stopping on Auckland Drive. The nearest train stations are Marston Green or Water Orton station both located approximately 20 minutes away.

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      The College has free car parking facilities on-site.