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Brickwork Level 3 Apprenticeship at Somerset College

Course description

An Apprenticeship is a ‘framework’ of qualifications designed to prepare you for work and train you to be competent in the workplace. Apprenticeships allow you to ‘earn while you learn’. You will normally work for an employer four days a week and attend College on a day release basis.

Course content

The Level 2 consists of:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Brickwork
  • Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork (Technical Certificate)
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1

The course units you will study are:

  • Understanding construction technology
  • Working from drawings and communicating with others
  • Constructing solid walls including isolated and attached piers
  • Constructing cavity walls to form masonry structures
  • Setting out masonry structures
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

The Level 3 consists of:

  • NVQ Level 3 in Brickwork
  • Level 3 Diploma in Brickwork (Technical Certificate)
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2

The course mandatory units you will study are:

  • Analysing the construction industry and built environment
  • Analysing technical construction information
  • Repair and maintain masonry structures
  • Health, safety and welfare

Two optional units will be studied from the following:

  • Construct chimneys and fireplace structures
  • Construct complex masonry structures
  • Construct decorative masonry features

Entry requirements

To undertake an apprenticeship the learner is required to have an employer. A good general education is required, though acceptance is via a college interview.


On your day at College you will study for a Diploma in Brickwork and will have your practical and theory work marked and assessed by your tutor. You will also take end of unit practical and multiple-choice theory tests.

Whilst at work you will need to gather evidence of competence for your NVQ qualification. Your College lecturer will guide you through the qualification and help you build the portfolio at College. The NVQ is assessed by the gathering of photographic evidence, witness testimonies and an ‘on-site’ visit from your lecturer.

You will also undertake lessons for Maths and English Functional Skills. Exemptions apply if you have certain GCSE grades at A to C.

Future opportunities

You can progress from a Level 2 into the industry as a qualified tradesperson then work your way up to a supervisory or site management position, or undertake a further year at Level 3. On completion of your Level 3 you can study an HNC or supervisory qualification at the College.

Gain employment with a construction company or enter the industry as a self-employed tradesperson. You could then work your way up to a supervisory or site management position.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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