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Progression to Construction at West Suffolk College

Course description

This one year full time programme is aimed at people who wish to learn skills from a number of core trades within the construction industry. This course is also suitable for new students who are unsure what their preferred route for construction is and would like to try them all before committing to just one. Students who were unable to get on their preferred course are also welcome to apply.

Students will be thoroughly trained in the practical skills and learn the underpinning theory of five core trades (Brickwork, Carpentry and Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Plumbing) and assignment work or end of unit tests assessed to meet industrial standards throughout the 36 week course.


Course content

A majority of the programme will be 'hands on' and focussed on helping the students to develop their construction skills. From the start, students will be expected to develop their essential life skills such as communication, numeracy and IT during Functional Skills lessons (mainly for students who have not achieved a grade ā€œCā€ or above in English and Mathematics at GCSE level). There will also be additional sessions to help improve their employability skills.

Course attendance will be three days a week.

The six core trades are: Brickwork, Carpentry, Tiling, Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Plumbing.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Two GCSE's Grade E (2) or above. It is expected in the first instance that the applicant will have a genuine interest in the construction industry and each applicant will be required to attend an interview to ascertain his/her suitability for the course as well as take a short aptitude test.


Future opportunities

After successful completion of your course and following an interview, you may progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations or a Level 2 Diploma (not all trades available) in your chosen trade.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Suffolk College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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