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Bricklaying Diploma level 2 – C7742

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Course Overview

This course is very popular. Any applications received now for September 2023 starts will be placed on a waiting list. If you need advice and guidance you can contact our independent careers team.

This course is designed to offer progression from the Construction Skills/Bricklaying Diploma level 1 or equivalent and will allow students to further develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or a career as a bricklayer in the construction sector. You must supply safety footwear/clothing and an identified toolkit. Technical drawing equipment and stationery are also necessary.

If you are aged 16 to 19, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.

If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Our level 2 qualification in bricklaying aims to cover all the main skills and knowledge you will need to progress to further learning and training or to enter the world of work as a bricklayer. To support your studies, you will cover mandatory modules including building cavity walls, building solid walls and piers, constructing basic arches, principles of construction, and setting outbuildings.

The units are designed so that you learn the underlying principles and practical skills involved, as well as get an overview of the principles of construction, building technology and terminology used. We aim to help you develop skills beyond the classroom by providing practical activities and assessments alongside your theory lessons in classrooms.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires GCSEs in both English and maths at grade 3 or above, plus a further two GCSEs at grade 3 or above, one of which must include a design or technical based subject. You will also need to provide one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance in your last place of study or work.

If you are aged 16-19, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Students previously studying with us will need to have attained either a level 1 diploma in construction skills or similar, plus English and maths at grade 2 minimum or the equivalent Functional Skills.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold a formal English and maths qualification at level 2 minimum.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment, and application toward study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and the outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

How you will be assessed

Assessments will be unit based which will consist of both a theory paper and practical task for each unit along with two externally set theory exams sat under examination conditions, which will cover the subjects of health and safety and the principles of construction.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2250.00

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) plus an identified tool kit. You will also require stationery. There is a materials fee applicable to this course. There may be an additional examination registration fee of approximately £155.00 if applicable. Re-sits for applicable examinations are chargeable.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This qualification helps prepare you for work in the construction industry specialising in bricklaying. Progression from the Level 2 course would generally be through entering the world of work via an apprenticeship programme or full-Time employment in the bricklaying sector. Further advice and guidance will be given during the academic year.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event/Interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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