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Bricklaying Level 2 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

You will gain an understanding of the construction industry and have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. You will follow a programme of study that enables progression to further courses and employment within the construction industry. You will gain confidence by developing independent learning skills. You will learn how craft activities are carried out safely and how they contribute to the construction process. 

Within the Level 2 Bricklaying Diploma you will be taught in our first-class workshop, building training walls and other structures, and also study how the construction industry operates in our well-equipped classrooms and computer suites. Through your tutorial programme you will also develop personal and work related skills which will help prepare you for full time work after you have finished your training in college. You may also be given the opportunity to apply for an Apprenticeship. If you enjoy doing practical things and you are interested in construction, this could be the perfect course for you.

Course content

You will be taught through a blended learning approach incorporating taught sessions, workplace learning, assessments and online learning. One to one support, tuition and advice are available from our team of experienced and qualified tutors, assessors and support staff.

Units that you will study are delivered consecutively.

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction - Within this unit you will learn about health and safety regulations, roles and responsibilities, accident and emergency reporting procedures and documentation. Together with hazards, health and welfare in the workplace, it also covers working at height, working with electrical equipment and fire emergency procedures.
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication - The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge of building methods and construction technology, including aspects of job roles, communication, documentation, drawings, energy efficiency, foundations, internal and external walls, floors and roofs.
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers - Within this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for and build solid walling, isolated and attached piers in a safe and efficient manner. Knowing how to select and check resources, you will set out and build solid walling, isolated and attached piers and produce joint finishes to meet the specification and given instructions.
  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures - This unit develops the knowledge and skills required to interpret working drawings used to set out masonry structures. The unit supports you with the knowledge of how to select materials, components, tools and equipment and how to conduct checks on equipment and carry out dimensional checks for accuracy when measuring and setting out.
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures - This unit helps you to develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, prepare for and build cavity walling and form openings in a safe and efficient manner. You will know how to confirm instructions from appropriate and relevant information sources and select and check resources for practical tasks. You will use bricks and blocks to build straight cavity walls and return corners and junctions, form openings in cavity walling and produce joint finishes. 

Entry requirements

There is a requirement for students to complete a Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying before progressing to this course. A successful interview with the course coordinator and a keen interest in the subject area are also required. 


Bricklaying practical coursework will be assessed through set practical tasks in a well-equipped workshop; after each taught unit underpinning knowledge is assessed via internally-set test papers and online exams.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying which requires one further year of study or you could progress directly into employment via an Apprenticeship or as a semi-skilled craftsman.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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