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

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

Please visit our Adult EducationDegrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This course is suitable for learners who are seeking a career in the construction industry, predominantly bricklaying. The course covers a wide range of practical skills and an underpinning theory knowledge of the basics of bricklaying. It also covers Health and Safety and six other units whilst including a basic knowledge and understanding of the other trades associated with the construction industry.

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Entry requirements

Minimum GCSEs grade 2 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 ascertain his/her suitability for the course .


City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork

What you'll learn (core modules)

All units have multiple choice tests. There is also a multiple choice final exam and four practical assessments. To achieve the full award learners need to achieve a pass in all these elements. 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. Employability Studies

Benefits, skills and character strengths

This course will enable you to learn the skills of bricklaying which have been passed down through the centuries. During the course you will learn 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 two on-line City & Guilds exams to be taken for units 201 (health & safety) 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 room MCO.15 which is designed to aid the learning experience.

Where will the course take me?

After successful completion of this course learners can progress onto a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in the following year. Learners in employment can also enrol onto a Modern Apprenticeship programme which also includes an NVQ qualification.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

While all tools and materials are supplied for the practical work in our modern workshops. Students will need to provide their own Safety boots (Safety footwear must be worn in the workshops at all times) Overalls, gloves a minimum 3m tape measure, pencils and pens. Normal Classroom equipment. Pens, pencils, pencil sharper and Eraser, calculator, Mathematical maths set, A4 ring binder and A4 writing paper. Course text book, details given in induction. Milburn campus uniform

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply online and come along to one of our upcoming open events to meet the bricklaying staff and look at our fantastic facilities at the Built Environment Campus.

Days & times

Starting September 2023

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