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Brickwork Diploma Level 2 at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

It's about good bricklaying. This entails the ability to master the art of spreading a mortar bed, dexterity in handling the bricks and the possession of a keen eye. A good understanding of basic principles and much practice is needed in order to produce work that is of a high standard, but which has also been carried out economically.

Bricklayers are a vital part of the construction industry. They are often involved in the early stages of construction and their work forms the foundations for other trades to work on.

Experienced bricklayers work to a drawing or specification under the direction of a line manager or supervisor. Some bricklayers become specialists and construct decorative brickwork or arches and others may become involved with restoration of old buildings which requires specialist techniques and the selection of materials which match those used for the original construction.

There is a shortage of well qualified bricklayers and they are much sought after in the construction industry.

This course will further develop the skills learnt on the Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork.


Exam board: Cskills Award

Course content

Level 2 is made up of 7 units 

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others
  • Understanding construction technology
  • Set out masonry structures
  • Construct solid walling, incorporating isolated and attached piers
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

Choose from 1 of 2 units

  • Construct masonry cladding or
  • Construct thin joint walling

Entry requirements

You must have achieved the Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork as well as GCSEs in maths and English at grade D or Functional/Key Skills in maths and English.


  • Practical assignments
  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence
  • External online examinations 

Financial information

All students will have to provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (overalls and safety boots) at approximately £60. You will also need to buy a calculator and a memory stick. A textbook for the level of study is also required at an approximate cost of £25.

Future opportunities

Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying or Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (apprenticeship).

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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