Bricklaying Diploma Level 1

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2024


The Level 1 Bricklaying Diploma aims to prepare you for employment or further training within the bricklaying industry.

You will carry out your practical training in our dedicated workshops, learning skills such as how to construct garden walls, basic bricklaying, constructing cavity walling for houses, and how to read drawings and position buildings. You will also develop the hand skills that are needed to use the wide variety of tools required in the industry.

You will visit real working sites where possible, and may even have opportunities to practice your new skills on real buildings.

To achieve your diploma you will study different units, which include practical activities in brickwork as well as employability skills and health and safety.

What will I do?

The Level 1 Bricklaying Diploma is approximately 60% practical and 40% theory, and your training will be carried out in our construction workshop and classrooms.

You will have a personal tutor to help support your learning as well as access to information on study skills and study support groups should you need them.

Your practical training in the workshop will include:

  • Basic block laying, how to construct walls using blocks
  • Basic bricklaying, how to construct walls using bricks
  • Basic cavity walling, how to construct walls for houses
  • Basic setting out, how to read drawings and position a building

You'll also study:

  • Health and safety, the essential safety that is demanded by the construction industry
  • Communications, how the construction industry operates and communicates
  • Building methods, how buildings are constructed and the role you would play as a bricklayer

Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3 or below, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

Applicants must have basic literacy and numeracy skills. These skills are essential for success in any trade, as they enable individuals to read and understand technical instructions, calculate measurements and quantities, follow safety procedures and regulations, communicate effectively with colleagues, customers, and supervisors, and solve problems and make decisions in a safe and efficient manner.

Vocational education programs typically provide literacy and numeracy support to students throughout their learning. This is delivered in a variety of ways, such as through embedded literacy and numeracy instruction and stand-alone literacy and numeracy courses.

In addition to receiving literacy and numeracy support throughout their learning, students in vocational education programs are also required to study these skills alongside their main qualification as part of their study program. This ensures that students develop the literacy and numeracy skills they need to be successful in their chosen trade.

The Bricklaying Diploma will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for up to four days a week.

The Bricklaying Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £1500.

Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

The main qualification is assessed by 4 practical assessments and 6 multiple choice exams.

Successful completion could lead to entry onto the Level 2 Bricklaying Technical Certificate, applying for an apprenticeship or gaining employment in the trade.

Additional costs include purchasing appropriate College health and safety workwear, approx. £60 and safety footwear, approx. £25.

Suitable textbooks can be purchased to assist with theory work, approx. £30 along with stationery approx. £15.

As you progress through your course you may also be required to make a contribution towards educational visits and field trips, that are provided to support your learning.

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