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Construction - Level 2 Study Programme in Maintenance Operations at Wakefield College

Course description

Maintenance Operatives carry out general repairs and maintenance to existing buildings. They perform tasks associated with a wide variety of different trades rather than specialising in just one area. You could be working in people’s homes or on commercial buildings such as schools, hospitals, offices and shops. This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of construction repair and to develop and practise the skills for employment and a career in this craft area. 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 have a career maintaining buildings. Maintenance operative study programme starts with a level 2 diploma programme. Learners progress from this to level 3 study either as a full time learner or as part time as an apprentice. A maintenance operative could earn up to £12000 per year and qualified can earn up to £25000

Course content

All study programmes cover health, safety, and principles of construction relevant to the trade. They also aim to develop practical skills for to enable you to carry out small scale repairs in various trades in the construction sector. With this you will study: • Principles of construction • How to work safely in a construction environment • How to carry out building repairs to brickwork • How to carry out plastering repairs • How to carry out plumbing repairs • How to carry out carpentry repairs

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*-D (new grade 9-3)
Level 1 in Construction Skills would be an advantage.


How you will be assessed

Assessment is continuous throughout the academic year and as such, it offers some flexibility, allowing the skill development of each learner to be assessed on an individual basis. Learners are encouraged to develop a portfolio to record their skills development.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course.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 students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

You may wish to continue studying in a number of particular trade related areas.

Career Opportunities

Fulltime employment, progressing on to study the Level 2 NVQ, as part of an apprenticeship framework.

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: 01 November 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.