Construction Skills

Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate
Level 1

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About the course

Interested in working in the construction industry, but do not know which trade area to specialise in? Our Construction Skills course is the perfect opportunity for you to develop practical skills needed by employers in the industry, whilst giving you a taster of a variety of trades before choosing to progress into further learning in a specific trade.

What you will learn

You can choose between four and six units from the following:

  • Introduction to health and safety in construction
  • Introduction to the construction industry
  • Constructing halving joints
  • Constructing housing joints
  • Painting techniques
  • Constructing half brick walling
  • Constructing through mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing angled halving joints
  • Constructing bridle joints
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints
  • Fixing architraves and skirtings
  • Constructing and fixing hatch linings
  • Fitting locks and latches
  • Painting and wallpapering
  • Applying decorative effects
  • Applying wallpaper to internal and external angles and painting skirting
  • Painting a panel door
  • Constructing block walling
  • Constructing half brick return corner
  • Constructing cavity walls in brickwork and block work
  • Constructing one brick walling
  • Assembling 13amp switched sockets wired in ring main
  • Constructing PVC wiring systems
  • Cutting, bending, joining and threading conduit
  • Installing one way lighting circuits
  • Installing two way lighting circuits

Our construction workshops provide a fantastic learning environment with industry standard equipment.


You'll learn in the classroom and in the workshop, using suitable tools and materials. Each unit is assessed via practical assignments, and there is an optional e-assessment available.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.

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
04/09/17 1 year Main
What next?

The primary aim of this course is to help prepare you to progress into further learning and training in the construction sector. You may take the qualification as part of a pre-apprenticeship programme, a traineeship, or you may take it alongside the CSCS Green Card for Labourers qualifications, to help you gain opportunities to work on site as a labourer.

Once you have studied the qualification, you should be in a position to decide which construction trade area you would like to specialise in. You could then consider progressing on to study any of the following qualifications:

  • Diploma in Bricklaying
  • Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Diploma in Painting and Decorating
  • Diploma in Electrical Installation