Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to progress on to becoming a skilled bricklayer. You will learn a variety of skills to enable you to build, repair and maintain commercial and residential buildings.

The course can be completed over 1 or 2 years depending on your grades.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Setting out and building of masonry structures up to damp proof course
  • Carrying out block and brick laying activities
  • Carrying out cavity walling activities
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Year 2

  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Producing thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Carrying out brick laying activities
  • Carrying out cavity walling activities
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 1 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


Our construction workshops provide a fantastic learning environment with industry-standard equipment. Learn the art of bricklaying in our purpose built workshops.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade 4/C or above (including English and maths) and skills test

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade 2/E or above (including English and maths) OR Level 1 in English and maths

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 1 or 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Bricklaying
  • Entry level employment within the construction industry
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities