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General Construction Operations Level 2 Certificate at West Lancashire College

Course description

The Level 2 Certificate in Construction Operations is official recognition of the knowledge and skills needed to work in this area of the construction field.This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who work or want to work in the construction industry.

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

Who the course is for:

This course is for school leavers and adults interested in a career in construction ( Groundwork Skills )

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

Much of the coursework is practical, working in the Groundwork department to become a competent Ground worker. Theory is covered in order to assist and support the practical work. Flexible learning techniques are used to deliver theory, which include learning packages, group work, projects/assignments, demonstrations and videos.

All students will study the following:

You programme of study will consist of a Level 2 Diploma in General Construction Operations, Functional skills Maths and English, Enrichment activities and tutorials

Course Requirements:

• All learners must have a recognised Maths and English qualification

• All students must purchase the relevant kit prior to starting the course. Costs will be discussed at the enrolment and during the college induction.

• Hi – vis vest will be supplied by the college

• Hi – vis vest and ID badges must be worn at all times

• Learners must attend all sessions a minimum of 85% to gain the qualification certification and to progress onto the next level

Areas covered include:

Level 2 Diploma in General Construction Operations

Unit 201/601 Health, safety and welfare in construction  
Unit 202/602 Principles of building construction, information and communication  
Unit 227 Construction site protection barriers 
Unit 228 Lay domestic drainage  
Unit 229 Construct foundations, slabs and paths in concrete

Additional Activities:

• Block Paving
• Paving

Functional Skills:

• Level 1 or 2 or GCSE in Mathematics
• Level 1 or 2 or GCSE in Communication

Enrichment activities:

• Fun sports activities and competitions
• Fun trips
• Educational trips
• Industry visitors


• One to one target setting
• Group discussions
• College functions

From September 2015:

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

Entry requirements are A, B, C, D in English and maths; all successful candidates will be interviewed and selected for the course


• Assessment is on line core unit examination 
• Awarding body phase test
• Portfolio of knowledge

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course, including Functional Skills will allow you direct access into Level 1 Bricklaying

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
• Ground worker
• Block Paver
• Flagger
• Drainage worker
• Foreperson
• 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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