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Bricklaying Diploma Level 1 at Boston College

Course description

This course aims to prepare you for employment or further training within the bricklaying industry.  

You will carry out your practical training in our dedicated workshops, learning skills such as how to construct walls, basic bricklaying, constructing walls for houses, and how to read drawings and position buildings. 

You will visit real working sites where possible, and may even have opportunities to practice your new skills on real buildings. 

To achieve your diploma you will study different units which include practical activities in brickwork as well as employability skills and health and safety.

Course content

The course is approximately 60% practical and 40% theory, and your training will be carried out in our construction workshop, classrooms. 

You will have a personal tutor to help support your learning as well as access to information on study skills and study support groups should you need them. 

Your practical training in the workshop will include: 

- Basic blocklaying, how to construct walls using blocks 
- Basic bricklaying, how to construct walls using bricks 
- Basic cavity walling, how to construct walls for houses  
- Basic setting out, how to read drawings and position a building 

You'll also study: 

- Health and safety, the essential safety that is demanded by the construction industry 
- Communications, how the construction industry operates and communicates 
- Building methods, how buildings are constructed and the role you would play as a bricklayer

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths at grades F or above (New GCSE grade - 2 and above) or equivalent, or a vocational qualification at a similar level.


Successful students will usually continue their training onto the Level 2 bricklaying qualification. 

Financial information

You will be required to purchase appropriate College health and safety workwear, approx £60 and safety foot wear, approx £25. 

Suitable textbooks can be purchased to assist with theory work, approx £30 along with stationery approx £15. 

As you progress through your course you may also be required to make a contribution towards educational visits and field trips, £20 approx, that are provided to support your learning. 

Assistance is available for some learner’s through the College bursary scheme, applications to be made at student services.

Future opportunities

Successful students will usually continue their training onto the Level 2 bricklaying qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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