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Bricklaying Apprenticeship Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This course is for experienced candidates to progress in their career in bricklaying. Join us at City Campus to develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work in the Construction Industry as a bricklayer at an advanced level.

Course content

This Level 3 Apprenticeship prepares you for working on a construction site, to given specifications, specifications, setting out structures and carrying out complex building work.

As part of the course you will complete the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Level 3 NVQ in Trowel Occupations
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths (if not previously achieved)

For the duration of your apprenticeship (one year) you will spend four days a week working with an employer on site as an apprentice bricklayer, and the other one day per week in college building on the skills and knowledge you have learned.

Key Units

Level 3 Diploma Units

There are 6 mandatory units in the Diploma:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Organising, Planning and Pricing Construction Work
  • Repairing and Maintaining Masonry Structures
  • Constructing Radial and Battered Brickwork
  • Carrying Out Decorative and Reinforced Brickwork
  • Constructing Fireplaces and Chimneys

Level 3 NVQ Units

You will complete 8 mandatory units:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Erecting Masonry Structures in the Workplace
  • Confirming the Cccupational Method of Work in the Workplace
  • Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area
  • Erecting Complex Masonry Structures in the Workplace
  • Setting Out Masonry Structures in the Workplace
  • Setting Out Complex Masonry Structures in the Workplace
  • Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace

Plus 1 optional unit, determined by the type of work you carry out on site.

Entry requirements

Trainees will be required to have a Level 2 Brickwork Apprenticeship and a minimum of Level 1 Functional Skills (or equivalent) in English and Maths, prior to being accepted onto the apprenticeship. We will provide any English and Maths tuition required. Trainees will need existing industry experience.


The Diploma is assessed through unit theory tests and practical end tests carried out in the college workshop.


For the NVQ, assessment involves building a portfolio of evidence gathered in the workplace which demonstrates that apprentices cover the range of skills required for their qualification.


In addition, apprentices will be expected to complete initial assessments in English and Maths to ensure they are working at a suitable level in these subjects.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Future career paths may include:

  • Working as a bricklayer in the construction industry
  • Working in a supervisory / managerial role in a construction environment

Further information

Finding an Employer

You are encouraged to look for your own work placement. The college can help you to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you to find an employer. You can view our current apprenticeship vacancies here.


Travel Arrangements

Please also be aware that you may be required to travel to your apprenticeship placement. Apprentices are responsible for organising their own travel arrangements.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Minimum 12 months
  • Course code: CWABK1


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