Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
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Construction and the Built Environment Level 1 - Level 1 Diploma Devon and Exeter Construction Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course will give you the basic skills needed to get a career in brickwork. It will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills and improve your prospect of seeking employment in the bricklaying trade. If you have lower than a grade 4 in English and/or maths you will complete Functional Skills in English and maths or a GCSE depending on grades.

Work will be carried out in the workshops, with some formal classroom sessions and by working in the resource centre. In the workshops you will build up competence in carrying out practical tests. Assessment is by a combination of written, online and practical tests and a review of your portfolio of evidence. 

What topics will I study?

General Units:

  • Construct block walling
  • Construct brick walling
  • Construct cavity walling
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Mix construction materials
  • Setting out for basic masonry structures

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from strong industry links, guest speakers and site visits. Although work experience is not a requirement of the course students attending this programme would benefit from work experience in order to aid progression and potentially improve employment opportunities.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English language and maths.

Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: If you do not have these grades you may still be able to study this course, subject to an interview with a course specialist. You will need to show you are enthusiastic for the construction industry during your interview.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

  • Specialist brick workshop
  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory
  • IT suite

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress onto the full-time level 2 Diploma in Brickwork (depending on performance at Level 1), or explore the possibility of undertaking an Apprenticeship where you will attend the college on a day or block release basis.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to be equipped with basic stationery for all your sessions. You will need to have your own overalls and safety boots - advice will be given at interview. You will be required to purchase a subject specific course book to be advised either at interview or at the start of the course. You do not need to purchase any tools or equipment as we supply these for your use in college. However, we do require you to pay £40 at the start of your course towards the costs of tool replacement and updating of equipment.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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