Bricklaying Diploma Level 1

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Please note, this course is currently on a waiting list, if you wish to apply you will be contacted should a place become available. A Traineeship or Apprenticeship option may be available, so please contact the College for more information.

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.

Entry requirements are two GCSEs at grades 2 or above (Old GCSE grade E or above) or equivalent (to include English or maths), or any one of the following, an Entry 3 qualification, a Certificate in Skills for Working Life or Life Skills, an ESOL Entry L3 qualification.

If you are unable to meet these entry requirements enrolment onto our Pathways to Progress provision will prepare you for progression into the curriculum area of your choice, either in-year (depending on progress made in the first six weeks) or the following September. We also offer full time ESOL courses which give you opportunity to develop your language skills further prior to progression into the curriculum area of your choice the following September.

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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