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Bricklaying Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

This programme seeks to develop the skills already gained at Level 1. It provides the practical skills and knowledge required to successfully embark upon a progression route in college or a career in the construction industry as a bricklayer.

Course content

The focus for this course is improving on and learning new practical skills and underpinning knowledge allowing you to progress in the construction industry. Units include: building methods and construction technology, working drawings and setting out basic masonry structures, thin joint masonry and timber frame construction, solid walling, isolated and attached piers and cavity walling foundations and vernacular cavity walling. You may be offered additional qualifications which will be discussed during induction week. 

All aspects of the course will be studied through both classroom based theory sessions and practical based workshop sessions. You will have the opportunity to develop your Maths and English skills if you have not achieved a GCSE C in these areas, you will also learn to develop the business skills needed to become a successful bricklayer.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.


You will be advised of the dates when work should be submitted. You will be assessed on your theory and practical project work throughout the course.

Financial information

Q. Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A. Safety clothing including boots and overalls need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbooks, a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

Q. Are there any costs for this course?
A. Students are asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms. There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost. Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the guidance centre on 01271 338125.

Future opportunities

Towards the end of your course, your personal tutor will discuss possible progression routes with you. These may include other programmes of study within architecture and construction, Apprenticeships or progression to the Level 3 Diploma in Trowel Occupations.

Further information

The course will be delivered at the Petroc Brannams Campus, Barnstaple. Practical sessions will be taught in our fully equipped trowel occupations workshop.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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