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Construction: Level 1 Construction Skills Study Programme at Wakefield College

Course description

This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of Construction and to develop and practise basic skills for employment and a career in this sector. 

This is an ideal course for those who are looking to learn on a full-time basis and have identified that they want to enter the construction industry and are looking to identify the specific craft area for a career. 

Construction Skills study programmes start with a level 1 certificate. Learners progress from this to either a level 1 extended certificate or a L1 Diploma in a craft area. 

Course content

What you will study

All study programmes cover health, safety, and principles of construction relevant to the trade. They also aim to develop practical skills Construction. With this you will study:

• Principles of construction
• How to work safely in a Construction environment
• How to lay bricks
• How to mark out and cut traditional joints
• Moving onto develop practical skills
• How to carry out basic wiring tasks
• How to carry out basic plumbing tasks

Entry requirements

All learners will be required to complete a BKSB assessment.

Entry for level 1 certificate requires learners to be working at E3 in this assessment.
Entry for level 1 extended certificate requires learners to be working at E3 in this assessment and to hold a L1 Certificate in Construction Skills.


All study programme assessment is continuous throughout the academic year. Theory subjects are assessed through examination. 

Practical assessment is continuous throughout the year with a synoptic assessment in the summer term.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students. For bricklaying study programmes these include, safety boots, (approximately £20) replacement protective equipment,(first issue is supplied by the college);the recommended text book (approximately £20).

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost. Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study 

On completion, you can progress as a full-time learner to the Level 1 Extended Certificate in Construction Skills or Level 1 in a craft area.

Career Opportunities

A construction worker can earn from £12000 per year and with experience has the potential to earn over £20000.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 20 February 2018
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.