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Bricklaying Diploma Level 1 and 2 at Colchester Institute

Course description

Learn how to become a professional brick layer and work towards a career in the fast-growing construction industry.

This is a two year programme of study consisting of two qualifications.

The Level 1 Bricklaying Diploma is designed to prepare people to enter the industry in their chosen craft and will be completed in year 1.

The Level 2 Bricklaying Diploma is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of people, enabling them to work in industry in their chosen craft. This will be completed in year 2.

The Bricklaying Diploma programmes have been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions. Working within our fully equipped training workshops you will work with real materials and on projects you would expect to find in industry. Practical and theory sessions are combined to provide you with an understanding of basic and more advanced bricklaying techniques. Assessment is based on the student showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

All the units of training must be completed by each student. All outcomes must be achieved during the training programme.

Practical sessions are combined with traditional classroom activities and computer-aided learning; these enable production of a portfolio of evidence. You work towards passing end of unit tests, practical assessments and an online test set by the awarding body. You will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills. A work skills and industrial activity will also be undertaken during the year.

Course content

Level 1 Bricklaying Diploma units may include:

  • Carrying out Blocklaying Activities
  • Carrying out Bricklaying Activities
  • Carrying out Cavity Walling Activities
  • Contribute to Setting Out and Building of Masonry Structures up to Damp Proof Course
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication

Developing from the Level 1 programme, Level 2 units and activities include:

  • Interpreting Working Drawings to Set Out Masonry Structures
  • Producing Thin Joint Masonry and Masonry Cladding (Optional)
  • Building Solid Walling, Isolated and Attached Piers
  • Construct Cavity Walling Forming Masonry Structures
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication

In addition to this there are seven theory units to complete, each of which have an internal knowledge test, plus an end of year exam on all seven units of study.

Entry requirements

Level 1 – 3 GCSEs (grades A*-G), including English and maths, and an interview

Level 2 – Satisfactory completion of the Level 1 Diploma and via interview/progression board. Candidates must be deemed to have the potential and opportunity to successfully gain the qualification.

Future opportunities

Employment opportunities as a trainee bricklayer/improver.

Further vocational training and assessment leading to NVQ Level 2. Further vocational training and assessment leading to a Bricklaying Diploma Level 3.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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