Accessibility links

Bricklaying Level 1 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

This course is the first step to a career as a bricklayer. You will gain an understanding of the construction industry and have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. You will follow a programme of study that enables progression to further courses and employment within the construction industry. 

You will gain confidence by developing independent learning skills and will learn how craft activities are carried out safely and how they contribute to our built environment. You will be taught in our first-class workshops and will quickly start to build walls and other structures on your own and in small teams. Of course it’s not all about practical skills, employers want smart and switched on people to help their business grow and you need to gain knowledge of how the construction industry operates in our well-equipped classrooms and computer suites.

If you are a full time student aged 16-18, you will follow a study programme which will consist of your main Bricklaying course, enterprise and enrichment activities, and English, Maths and work experience. Through your tutorial programme you will also develop personal and work related skills which will help prepare you for full time work after you have finished your full time training in college.You may also be given the opportunity to apply for an Apprenticeship. If you enjoy doing practical things and you are interested in construction, this could be the perfect course for you.

Course content

You will be taught through a blended learning approach incorporating taught sessions, workplace learning, assessments and online learning. One to one support, tuition and advice are available from our team of experienced and qualified tutors, assessors and advisors.

Units that you will study are delivered consecutively.

Principles of building construction, information and communication

The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge of building methods and construction technology, including aspects of job roles, communication, documentation, drawings, energy efficiency, foundations, internal and external walls, floors and roofs.

Contribute to setting out and building masonry structures up to DPC

This unit will provide you with the understanding of the setting out requirements of a bricklayer, from interpreting construction drawings, to the process of setting out and erecting a masonry structure.

Carrying out blocklaying activities

Within this unit you will learn about blockwork and the relationship between dense concrete and lightweight insulation blocks. It also covers how to prepare for building block walling and how to use using dense concrete and lightweight insulation blocks to given specifications.

Carrying out bricklaying activities

Within this unit you will learn the knowledge and skills to, prepare for and build half-brick walling in a safe and efficient manner. Knowing how to select and check resources, you will set out and build brick walling and produce joint finishes to meet the specification and given instructions.

Carrying out cavity walling activities

Within this unit you will learn the knowledge and skills to prepare for and build basic cavity walling in a safe and efficient manner. You will use bricks and blocks to build straight cavity walls and return corners.

Health, safety and welfare in construction

Within this unit you will learn about health and safety regulations, roles and responsibilities, accident and emergency reporting procedures and documentation. Together with hazards, health and welfare in the workplace, it also covers working at height, working with electrical equipment and fire emergency procedures.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, a successful interview with the course coordinator and a keen interest in the subject area are the requirements for entry.


Bricklaying practical coursework will be assessed through set practical tasks in a well-equipped workshop; after each taught unit underpinning knowledge is assessed via internally-set test papers and online exams

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to progress onto a higher level Diploma in Bricklaying which requires a further year of study. Alternatively you could progress onto an Apprenticeship and relevant employment within the construction industry.

Further information

Working within the Student Services area, the Student Support team will see you on a one to one basis and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal and emotional issues. A professional team of staff work together with your personal tutor to support you so that you can successfully complete your course and recognise pathways to progression after leaving College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

Key information