City and Guilds Level 1 in Bricklaying

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however, a keen interest in the subject is essential. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

What's Involved

Bricklaying is one of the traditional trades both in the UK and around the world - Sir Winston Churchill is known to have enjoyed laying bricks and building walls during his lifetime. Those studying bricklaying will learn a variety of skills to enable them to build, repair and maintain the country's housing stock.

“The UK construction industry will need a total of 72,760 bricklaying roles to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).”

“Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer”

If you are interested in becoming a bricklayer or working in associated trades this course will provide you with the basis required to commence your career. This is a practical course which will allow you to learn and develop various skills relating to the trade.

The Study programme of the level 1 in Bricklaying will consist of five key elements which you will need to complete:

> Qualification

> Individual and group tutorial sessions

> Industry related work placement (if appropriate)

> Development of English and mathematics. You will be required to undertake a formal qualification if you have not already achieved English and/or Maths at Level 2.

> Development of enterprise and employability skills.

This is a predominately a practical based course, with the incorporation of underpinning knowledge delivered through theory sessions.

Practical assessments are carried out in the college site workshop area, you will also learn the key principals and techniques to bricklaying within this area. This course is supported by individual and group tutorial sessions.

The topics typically, covered within this course include:

> Health Safety and Welfare

> Principles of construction, information and communication

> Setting out a structure

> Carry out bricklaying

> Carry out block laying

> Carry out cavity walling

* These units may be subject to change and are only representative at this point, however we keep these as up to date as possible. You will be provided with a full course overview at Connecting to College.

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear / clothes as you will get dirty though the use of bricks and mortar.

Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and we place a great emphasis on this part of your education.

If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be provided with and required to wear at all times (within the college workshop area) mandatory PPE as follows:

> Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)

> Approved safety glasses

> Approved hi-visibility vest

Course Assessment Method

You will undertake graded assessments through a range of methods including:

> Practical tasks

> Online Multi-Choice Test

> Paper based Tests

What's Next

You can progress on to a Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying, or alternatively, you can obtain an employer who support you through a Level 2 Apprenticeship within bricklaying.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Diploma in Bricklaying
Level: Level 1
Awarding Body: City & Guilds
Academic Year: 22/23
Start Date: September 2022

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