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Bricklaying L1

Bricklaying, Diploma Level 1

  • 1

    Level 1

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


The course is approximately a sixty/forty mix of practical and theoretical content, with the majority of the time being spent in the trade specific workshop area and the rest in key skills study rooms and classrooms.

The course is for all students starting the bricklaying work-related route. There are seven units - three that are common to all branches of the construction industry and four that are trade specific.

Core units:
Safe working practices in construction
Information, quantities and communications with others
Building methods and construction technology

Trade specific units:
Basic blocklaying skills
Basic bricklaying skills
Basic cavity walling
Contribute to setting out and basic masonry structures up to DPC

The following transferable skills will also be acquired during the course:
Application of number
Working with others

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 2 GCSEs at grade E or above, including Maths & English at grade 3 or above. Demonstrate commitment, motivation and enthusiasm to succeed on the course.


Basic knowledge of bricklaying at Foundation level will be gained and students will be expected to achieve key skills qualifications at a minimum of Level 1.


There is a 'Gola' multiple choice paper set and marked by the examining body (City & Guilds). Each unit is assessed internally for practical and job knowledge, by practical and job knowledge assignments.


On successful completion of this course with a good attendance and behaviour record and reference from the course leader students can progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying.

Career Progression

Successful students could go directly into employment or go onto apprenticeship with an employer.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop. Students will need to provide their own overalls, protective footwear and stationary.