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Construction Skills Diploma level 1 at Leicester College

Course description

For students interested in working in the construction industry, but who do not necessarily know which trade area to specialise in, the level 1 qualifications in construction skills offers the perfect opportunity to develop practical skills needed by some employers in the industry, whilst giving you a taster of a variety of trades before choosing to progress into further learning in a specific trade. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

This qualification covers a range of hand-skills and practical tasks in the following areas: bricklaying, plastering, floor and wall tiling, carpentry and joinery, and painting and decorating. You will study introduction to Health and Safety in construction; introduction to the construction industry; and applicable units aligned to the chosen construction trades.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course is one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 2 or above (E/F) plus two further GCSE's at grade 2 or above including a science or technology based subject.


Assessment is by assignment for each unit taken.

Financial information

Material fee £90.00. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a Basic Tool Kit will require purchasing. Approximate combined cost of £90. Previous Leicester College students may only require a top-up tool kit at a reduced cost. Basic stationery is required. There is a materials fee applicable to this course.

Future opportunities

The primary aim of this qualification is to help prepare you to progress into further learning and training in the construction sector. You may take the qualification as part of a pre-apprenticeship programme or a traineeship. Once you have studied the qualification, you should be in a position to decide which construction trade area you would like to specialise in. You could then consider progressing on to study a level 2 qualification in a specific trade area.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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