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Bricklaying Diploma Level 2 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you enjoy doing practical things and are interested in working in the construction industry, bricklaying could be the perfect career for you.

It can be very rewarding to know that a structure you have built could potentially be around for many years to come. This course will provide you with all the basics to become part of this challenging but satisfying industry.

From repairing walls and chimney stacks to creating decorative stone archways, bricklaying is an extensive trade, which is permanently in demand. One day you could be working on a small house extension and the next could see you constructing a large commercial development.

From September 2015, our Basford Hall campus will have been completely transformed, meaning you will benefit from a brand new building and facilities. 

Course content

Studying the Brickwork Diploma will give you an excellent grounding in the construction trade as a whole, as well as in-depth and focused training, covering all of the key areas of the building industry.

On completion of the course you will have the confidence and skills to be completely ready for building site employment, not just practically but also with essential knowledge relating to carrying out safe working practices, communicating with others, knowledge of building methods and construction technology.

The course provides a combination of practical and theoretical modules to form a skills base and understanding of the trade. A range of topics will be explored, including: Building Solid Walling, Forming Masonry Structures, and Building Cavity Structures.

You will also learn about:

• Information and quantities 
• Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures 
• Thin joint masonry and masonry cladding 
• Isolated and attached piers

The specialist workshops at ncn Basford Hall provide a real working environment and include all the latest power tools and machinery.

Entry requirements

You must have ONE of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs (3 at grades A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E) including English and Maths
  • Level 1 Diploma in a construction discipline, plus GCSE English and Maths (1 at grade A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E)
  • Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and/or English

Adults 19+ who have industry experience but do not have the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.


All full time further education courses are free for UK and EU residents who are between 16 and 18. If you're 19 or over please click here for information on how we can help with fees and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100.


It will include a multiple choice paper, a practical assessment and an external online test.

Future opportunities

  • NVQ Level 2 Brickwork


If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • There's no better place to kick start a career in construction than at ncn Basford Hall - the largest construction training academy in the whole of the region.

      Whether you're just looking to start out or whether you're already a professional but looking to learn a new trade or brush up on existing skills, ncn Basford Hall has everything you need.

      Outstanding tutors, expansive workshop space, the latest technology and great links with industry are just some of what we offer.

      We offer courses from entry level through to degrees in the following areas:

      • Brickwork
      • Painting and Decorating
      • Fabrication and Welding
      • Carpentry and Joinery
      • Maintenance Operation
      • Site Supervision and Management
      • Health and Safety
      • Civil Engineering
      • Plastering
      • Electrical Installations
      • Tiling
      • Surveying

      But don't think ncn Basford Hall is all about Construction. As the newest and one of the largest college campuses in the region we offer a first-class experience for all our learners.

      The campus is also home to;

      • Public Services
      • Animal Care
      • Health Sciences
      • Applied Sciences
      • Forensic Science
      • Health & Social Care