These qualifications are for those wishing to gain some understanding and some practical experience of the variety of trades in the Construction industry. This course will offer you an excellent foundation in a variety of general construction subjects, such as carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrical and brickwork. You will cover the theory behind trades as well as practical skills. Following successful completion of the course and subject to entry requirements, you should be able to progress and specialise in the trade of your choice on a course at a higher level.
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.
This qualification is a stepping stone for learners who are interested in the construction industry and who wish to gain a broader view of the different trade areas. The course will enable you to develop practical skills in carpentry and joinery, brickwork, bending copper pipe and jointing, plastic tube and fittings, steel pipe and fittings, a range of hand and power tools including how to prepare use and maintain them.
You will also develop knowledge skills in: health and safety in the workplace, construction technology, estimating and finding quantities and communicating with others.
This qualification is assessed through the building of a photographic portfolio of practical work that you have undertaken and completed.
You need to demonstrate that you are working at Entry Level 3/GCSE Level 1 (or above) in Maths and English. An interview will be required, and initial assessments/transition visits may form part of the offer process.
If you have taken an alternative educational route and wish to discuss entry to this programme, please contact the college to discuss your individual circumstances.
After Your Course
This qualification meets the needs of the learners who work or would like to work in the construction industry. It allows learners to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment or career progression in the construction sector.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.
Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Have an annual salary of less than £20,319.
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
- Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
- Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.
See the Student Money pages for more information.