Bricklaying (6705)

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 1
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

“Construction is a Career like no other…”

Bricklaying is one of the traditional trades both in the UK and around the world - Sir Winston Churchill is known to have enjoyed laying bricks and building walls during his lifetime. 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:

“The UK construction industry will need a total of 72,760 bricklaying roles to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI).”

“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 course will provide you with the basis required to commence your career. This is a practical course which will allow you to learn and develop various skills relating to the trade.

The study programme of the Level 1 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.
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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however a keen interest in the subject is essential. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.

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

The topics typically covered within this course include:

  • Health safety and welfare
  • Principles of construction, information and communication
  • Setting out a structure
  • Carry out bricklaying
  • Carry out block laying
  • Carry out cavity walling

* 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.

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.


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 required to provide and wear at all times (in the college workshop area and whilst surveying) 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

You can progress on to a Level 2 course in Bricklaying, or alternatively you can find an employer who can support you through a Level 2 Apprenticeship 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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