This course will offer you an excellent foundation in trowel occupations and the building industry and will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to progress on to the Level 2 Bricklaying & Masonry (Construction) course.
The course will involve you working in our workshop with industry standard equipment - a true reflection of a real working environment.
You will be in college for 3 days per week.
The course will cover all of the theory of the trade as well as the skills needed to eventually become a skilled bricklayer/ mason.
You will develop your practical, team working and communication skills and increase your health and safety awareness.
Workshops are delivered as a group and on a 1:1 basis, and the teaching staff have many years experience in the industry.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
The department organises a variety of trips throughout the year, e.g. visiting a working Quarry and Brickworks to see what materials are used in the trade and to allow students to see the manufacturing processes.
Students also have the opportunity to compete in WorldSkills - our students have won medals in these competitions for the last 2 years!
Practical sessions will be delivered in the construction workshop and will cover basic brickwork, blockwork and stone masonry skills such as:
- Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
- Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
- Knowledge of construction technology
- Setting out for basic masonry structures
- Mix construction materials
- Construct block walling
- Construct brick walling
- Construct cavity walling
Assessments include online theory exams on completion of each unit (every 6 weeks).
Practical modules are also assessed.
Practical - 65% Theory - 35%.
For Level 1 entry you will need two GCSEs at D-G or equivalent including English and Maths.
After Your Course
On completion of Level 1 you may apply to progress to the Level 2 qualification to further your skills, or gain employment with a building company via the Apprenticeship route. For example, in recent years, Russell Armer, a major local employer, has offered our students apprenticeships after completion of this course. Martin Cannon, a building contractor, has also offered our students employment.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course