Bricklaying (6705)

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 2
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Interesting facts

“Over the next five years up to 2021 we predict: 179,000 construction jobs will be created. Construction output will grow by 1.7% a year. This is being driven by strong growth in the infrastructure sector.” (Source: )

Bricklaying is one of the traditional trades both in the UK and around the world. Those studying bricklaying will learn a variety of skills to enable them to build, repair and maintain the country's housing stock. For further information visit:

“Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer.” (Source: )

If you are interested in becoming a bricklayer or working in associated trades this bricklaying course will provide you with the next steps from your Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying to develop a wider range of practical skills in all aspects of bricklaying.

The study programme of the Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying will consist of five key elements which you will need to complete:

  • Main qualification
  • Individual and group tutorial sessions
  • Industry related work placement (if appropriate)
  • Development of English and mathematics. You will be required to undertake a formal qualification if you have not already achieved English and/or maths at Level 2.
  • Development of enterprise and employability skills.

To succeed on this course you will need to be diverse in basic bricklaying skills, be motivated and able to self-manage your time to meet set targets. You must have a good work ethic and possess positive personal attributes in terms of good time keeping, communication and co-operation.

When a given number of units have been successfully completed the qualification can be achieved.

Disclaimer: This is subject to change and courses running will be subject to the correct number of student enrolling.


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Entry requirements

You will need the Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying. There is no direct entry through GCSEs.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

This is a predominately practical based course with the incorporation of underpinning knowledge delivered through theory sessions. Both session types are led by specialised tutors. Practical assessments are carried out in the college site workshop area, and you will also learn the developing principals and techniques to bricklaying within this area. This course is supported by individual and group tutorial sessions.

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and workshops to support many of the unit assessments.

The topics typically covered within this course include:

  • How to carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Knowledge of building methods and construction technology
  • How to interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Knowledge of thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
  • How to build solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • How to build cavity walling forming masonry structures

* These units may be subject to change and are only representative at this point, however we keep these as up to date as possible. You will be provided with a finalised full course overview at Connecting to College.

To develop your employability opportunities, you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear / clothes as you will get dirty through the use of bricks and mortar.

How will I be assessed

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and workshops to support many of the unit assessments.

This is a practical based course, where you will learn through underpinning theory sessions. Practical assignments are carried out in the college site area where you will learn key principles. This course is supported by individual and group tutorial sessions.

Things you may need

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and we place a great emphasis on this part of your education. If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be provided with and required to wear at all times (within the college workshop area) mandatory PPE as follows:

  1. Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)
  2. Approved safety glasses
  3. Approved hi-visibility vest
What next

This course can lead to careers within the construction industry. You may also wish to progress onto an Apprenticeship programme within bricklaying.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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