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Construction - Level 1 Construction Skills Study Programme at Wakefield College

Course description

This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of Construction and to develop and practise basic skills for employment and a career in this sector. 

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 are looking to identify the specific craft area for a career. 

Construction Skills study programmes start with a level 1 certificate. Learners progress from this to either a level 1 extended certificate or a L1 Diploma in a craft area. 

Course content

What you will study

All study programmes cover health, safety, and principles of construction relevant to the trade. They also aim to develop practical skills Construction. With this you will study:

• Principles of construction
• How to work safely in a Construction environment
• How to lay bricks
• How to mark out and cut traditional joints
• Moving onto develop practical skills
• How to carry out basic wiring tasks
• How to carry out basic plumbing tasks

Entry requirements

All learners will be required to complete a BKSB assessment.

Entry at level 1 Certificate
3 GCSEs at grade 9-1 or A*-G

Entry at level 1 Extended Certificate
3 GCSEs at grade 9-1 or A*-G
L1 Certificate in Construction Skills


All study programme assessment is continuous throughout the academic year. Theory subjects are assessed through examination. 

Practical assessment is continuous throughout the year with a synoptic assessment in the summer term.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students. For bricklaying study programmes these include, safety boots, (approximately £20) replacement protective equipment,(first issue is supplied by the college);the recommended text book (approximately £20).

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course.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/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study 

On completion, you can progress as a full-time learner to the Level 1 Extended Certificate in Construction Skills or Level 1 in a craft area.

Career Opportunities

A construction worker can earn from £12000 per year and with experience has the potential to earn over £20000.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 02 April 2019
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