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Bricklaying Diploma Level 1

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Learn and devel­op the basic skills, knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of brick­lay­ing and the con­struc­tion indus­try. Through under­tak­ing prac­ti­cal tasks you will under­stand how to car­ry out block walling, cav­i­ty walling, be able to mix con­struc­tion mate­ri­als, and set out basic mason­ry struc­tures. You will learn and apply the prin­ci­ples of health and safe­ty and devel­op your employ­a­bil­i­ty, maths and Eng­lish skills to help you achieve the entry require­ments for your intend­ed progression.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will learn through a com­bi­na­tion of the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal based learn­ing includ­ing writ­ten assess­ments, group dis­cus­sions, pre­sen­ta­tions and prac­ti­cal handling.

The knowl­edge required to sup­port this is learnt through a com­bi­na­tion of prac­ti­cal port­fo­lio, work­books and work packs using on-line and paper based resources. In order to give you an insight into the real work­ing envi­ron­ment you will also be sup­port­ed to find and under­take a week of work experience.

Entry Require­ments

No for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions are required, but you will be required to pass an ini­tial assess­ment apti­tude test.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Each unit has a mul­ti­ple choice end test, as well a prac­ti­cal syn­op­tic test/​s in the work­shop. You will receive reg­u­lar feed­back on your per­for­mance and help and advice via action plans and extra train­ing to enable you to be suc­cess­ful in your assessments.

Addi­tion­al Information

The Col­lege is proac­tive in under­tak­ing a vari­ety of com­mu­ni­ty projects which you will be involved in. All mate­ri­als used to sup­port you in your stud­ies are made avail­able via the Col­lege Moo­dle’ which can also be used to sub­mit your work. You will require a uni­form con­sist­ing of full length work trousers and safe­ty footwear for the work­shop, along with a change of footwear when leav­ing the work­shop, which can be pur­chased from the col­lege web­site. You will also need course spe­cif­ic text books and sta­tion­ary. You will be sent a full list of mate­ri­als and equip­ment pri­or to enrolment.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to the Brick­lay­ing Diplo­ma Lev­el 2 or to job roles such as a Brick­lay­ing Apprentice.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Prin­ci­ples of build­ing con­struc­tion, infor­ma­tion and communication
  • Con­tribute to set­ting out and build­ing of mason­ry struc­tures up to damp proof course
  • Car­ry­ing out block­lay­ing activities
  • Car­ry­ing out brick­lay­ing activities
  • Car­ry­ing out cav­i­ty walling activities
  • Health, safe­ty and wel­fare in construction

Course Trips

Vis­its from indus­try pro­fes­sion­als will help you devel­op your knowl­edge of the dif­fer­ent career oppor­tu­ni­ties with­in the trade and pro­vide you with advice from experts in your field. You will gain insight into the lat­est con­stuct meth­ods used by var­i­ous indus­tries and also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take part in var­i­ous region­al and nation­al com­pe­ti­tions such as World Skills.


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Study­ing brick­lay­ing at New Col­lege Stam­ford has broad­ened my knowl­edge and oppor­tu­ni­ties for me to progress to a suc­cess­ful career in build­ing industry.

Jordan Wallace



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