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Brickwork Trowel Trades - Level 1 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Gain an understanding of the construction sector with the Level 1 Diploma in Trowel Trades. You learn about design, construction, valuation and use and different job roles such as craft and operative technician. You also cover the impact of the built environment on society, business and the environment.

You develop and build on practical skills and knowledge through a range of units. Functional skills will also form part of the course.

Course content

Areas covered include:
• Health and safety in construction 
• Basic tool skills 
• Setting out 
• Basic bricklaying 
• Theory of subject 

You learn functional skills too.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 1 programme will normally have:
- A strong interest in their chosen programme of study
- The commitment to work towards improving English and Maths as part of the programme
- The ability to discuss past experiences of education and future ambitions in an interview

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


You are assessed on practical activities and job knowledge.

Learning is through practical workshop skills and activities, and you learn base theory in the classroom. The moodle site means you can view further information on the units and links to interactive activities when you are outside class.

Future opportunities

This course prepares you for employment as a work-based learner apprentice in brickwork or further study at Level 2.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPFTBRICK


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