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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This two-year bricklaying qualification has been developed by one of the top awarding bodies in the country, City & Guilds. It covers a wide range of practical skills and theory knowledge for the bricklaying trade. It is a comprehensive programme leading to employment as a bricklayer within the construction industry.



Entry requirements


Minimum GCSEs grade D in mathematics and English are preferred. It is expected that the applicant will have a genuine interest in the construction industry and some experience of bricklaying and each applicant will be required to attend an interview to determine his/her suitability for the course.


City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork (year 1)


City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork (Year 2)

What you'll learn (core modules)

The Bricklaying Diplomas provide an excellent start for anyone wishing to seek employment and gain skills in bricklaying. Bricklaying is a valuable and highly skilled craft and one of the cornerstones of the construction industry. All lecturers and instructors are highly experienced in the construction industry and in delivering bricklaying courses to students of all levels.

West Suffolk College has an excellent track record in delivering quality training and skills required by the industry in well-equipped workshops and classrooms.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Year 1 and year 2 units have multiple choice tests. There are also multiple choice final exams in both years and workshop practical assessments. To achieve the full Diploma award students need to achieve a minimum pass grade in all these elements. A minimum of 40 hours work experience (year 2 only) is also part of the City & Guilds diploma qualification. We have many local employers that can provide work experience if this cannot be found by the student.  


To sucessfully progress from year 1 to year 2, students must achieve a minimum of 3 Merits from their practical assessments and a minimum 70% attendance for year 1





Benefits, skills and character strengths

This course will enable you to learn the highly regarded skills of bricklaying which have been passed down through the centuries. During the course you will also learn qualities such as character strengths such as confidence, self-belief and ownership.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be carried out in the classroom in the form of multiple choice test papers and in the practical workshops where brickwork models will be assessed for accuracy.


There are also three on-line City & Guilds exams to be taken for units 201 (health & safety) 101 and 202 (principals of construction).

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

All bricklaying activities will be held in our large and well equipped workshops. Brickwork theory sessions will be in the dedicated brickwork classroom which is designed to aid the learning experience.

Where will the course take me?

After a successful completion of the Level 2 course, students can seek employment as bricklayers within the construction industry. If a student wishes to continue with their studies, they can progress onto the City & Guilds level 3 Diploma where their craft theory and practical skills finish.

Higher education on technical courses are also available.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery and protective footwear (steel toe-capped boots)

How much will it cost?

This full-time course is free up to the age of 18

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Visit the college website for the open event dates then come along to meet the bricklaying staff and look at our fantastic facilities at the Build Environment Campus.

Days & times

Date(s) to be confirmed
Tuesday 09:15 - 16:15
Wednesday 09:15 - 16:15
Thursday 09:15 - 16:15

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