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Bricklaying Diploma Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

This course is for individuals who would like to work within the construction industry. Bricklaying will be studied along with the use and design of building techniques. We have purpose built workshops which are fully equipped to support a wide range of practical activities and classroom based lessons.

Course content

Units covered in this programme include the following: 

  • Principles of Building Construction
  • Information and Communication, 
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Basic block-laying and bricklaying skills
  • Basic cavity walling
  • Setting out and building basic masonry structures up to damp course level. 

These units will be studied through both classroom based theory sessions and practical workshop sessions. You will have the opportunity to develop your Maths and English skills if you have not achieved a GCSE C in these areas, you will also learn to develop the business skills needed to become a successful bricklayer.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English Language. 

At the end of the one-year programme all learners are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that they have been working towards improving their English and Maths by achieving an improvement to their previous grade.

A good understanding of Maths and English will be of benefit. Candidates will attend an interview before enrolment.


You will be advised of the dates when work should be submitted. You will be assessed on both your theory and practical project work.

Financial information

Q. Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A. Safety clothing including boots and overalls need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbooks, a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

Q. Are there any costs for this course?
A. Students are asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms. There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost. 

Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the guidance centre on 01884 235330.

Future opportunities

Following this course you can progress to the Level 2 Trowel Occupations Diploma or an apprenticeship, which will give you the skills needed to work within the industry. You can also progress to other areas in the architecture and construction field.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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