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Bricklaying Level 1 Diploma at Stoke on Trent College

Course description

These courses are the starting point for people who hope to have a career in one of the construction trades, and consist of both practical and theory elements. You will learn the basic skills of the trade as well as what employers expect in the industry, and how to work safely. All students will continue with English and Maths as part of the programme.

Course content

This course is the starting point for people who hope to have a career in bricklaying, and consists of both practical and theory elements. Employers will expect good attendance, good behaviour, good communication skills enabling you to interact with clients, work safely, and use initiative as well as having bricklaying skills. Achievement of the qualification will be on completion of all the units, passing externally set Health and Safety test, and externally set core and subject knowledge tests. Students will also complete Functional Skills as part of this course, which may not be directly linked to the trade but will improve wider education, and also take part in enrichment activities. The students must also successfully complete key skills tests. Your lecturer or guidance team are there to help you get the most from your course; if you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres.

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs grade E-G, or P4V qualification, or another relevant Entry Level qualification. You will have an informal interview/assessment to make sure this is the right course for you.


Students are frequently assessed both in the practical environment and in the classroom. There are seven theoretical unit end tests, various practical models and a final practical assessment. The final theoretical test is an online test on the knowledge gained throughout the course.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying you could be given the opportunity to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying. If you gain employment in the industry you could become an Apprentice, studying for an NVQ in Bricklaying. The skills you have gained on the Level 1 Diploma will benefit you if you choose the Apprenticeship route.

Further information

As part of the course the college promotes an open environment which encourages support from parents and guardians. Expert tutors are readily available to answer any questions relating to the course and you are encouraged to speak to them if you have any questions. This course will give you an excellent foundation if you wish to progress onto the Level 2 qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke on Trent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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