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Brickwork Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’re considering a career as a bricklayer in the construction industry and are ready to start developing your skills, then this City & Guilds Diploma Level 2 in Brickwork is the perfect course for you. You’ll cover a wide range of areas during this course, giving you the knowledge and abilities to follow a rewarding career as a bricklayer. This includes learning how to interpret working drawings in order to set out masonry structures, how to produce thin joint masonry and masonry cladding, and how to build both solid and cavity walling. This diploma is widely recognised in the construction industry and could lead to a job as a bricklayer, working for a number of different companies and firms. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your functional skills in English and maths.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course, you’ll need to have relevant GCSE qualifications at grades A-C, but we will also take into account any previous experience too. You’ll also be asked to take an initial assessment in English and maths, along with an interview, before we offer you a place on this diploma. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


Throughout this course, you’ll complete a range of practical, hands-on assessments in the workshop to build up your individual portfolio. You’ll also take some exams covering health and safety, the principles of building, and questions relating to the trade area.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

When you have successfully completed this Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying, you’ll be able to advance your knowledge and skills even further on a Level 3 Diploma with us here at The Manchester College. From here, you’ll be well qualified to pursue a career as a professional bricklayer, with a number of roles open to you in the construction industry, including working for building companies, housing associations or for yourself on a self-employed basis. Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2

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 April 2018
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    • The School of Building is one of the north west’s top centres for construction training.

      The Manchester School of Building is close to Openshaw Campus.

      The centre has excellent facilities for training in:

      • brickwork
      • carpentry and joinery
      • construction
      • heating and ventilation
      • painting and decorating
      • plastering
      • plumbing
      • scaffolding
      • wall and floor tiling
      • woodmachining

      Other facilities at the centre include:

      • SkillZone with IT facilities
      • canteen

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.