Faculty of Construction

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time, Full Time


What will I study?

Brickwork Level 1,2 & 3 : City & Guilds diploma Full Time.

Each level has a theory and a practical element to them and the units covered include Health and Safety, Principles of building, Producing thin joint masonry, Building solid walls, Constructing cavity walling and interpreting drawings. All theory and  practical tasks are delivered by our experienced team of staff.

You may also study Maths and English during your course.

The course will run over 3 or 4 days totalling around 15 hours per week.

We also aim to provide you with at least 35 hours of work experience

Multi-Trade Construction - Level 1

This course is designed to provide an opportunity to study the different elements of construction if you are not certain which pathway you want to

How will I be assessed?

Each of the listed units generate an end exam which will be undertaken in our examination suite. There are 2 on line exams which are Health and Safety and Principles of building, all the others are paper based and all exams are multiple choice.

Assessments are carried out throughout the year in both practical and theory to enable you to reach and exceed your full potential.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

You will be taught by specialists in our up to date training facilities and supported and observed in the workplace by qualified assessors with a wealth of expertise in the industry.

You will attend college 1 day per week to learn the knowledge required to do your job and develop your skills. There are a number of exams at both Level 2 and Level 3.

The NVQ Diploma is achieved through the creation of a site diary including workshop evidence and supported by on-site assessments.

What will this lead to?

You will have opportunities to progress to each level providing you have successfully completed the previous level, so from Level 1 you can progress up to level 3 in your third year.

Once you have completed your diplomas and whilst you are still studying,  you will be able to look at progressing into an apprenticeship where you will then have the opportunity to gain an NVQ in brickwork.

Completion of a level 3 Diploma and NVQ can open up opportunities to progress into Professional Construction studies such as HNC where you can move up the ladder into site management and other professional roles within the industry

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

On completion of the Level 2 you will receive an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations made up of the Level 2 Diploma and the Level 2 NVQ Diploma and could progress onto the level 3 programme.

Completion at Level 3 will give you an Advanced Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations and you could progress onto and HNC a Level 4 or a Higher National Diploma at Level 5.

Bricklaying and craft masonry have a wide range of opportunities that apprentices can be involved with in a structured career path, such as new builds and refurbishments.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

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Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.