Level 1 Diploma Brickwork

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 1
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
CITB Cskills (Construction Industry Training Board)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with a basic understanding of brickwork and will help you gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for further study.

You will practice essential building methods and basic bricklaying skills, including carrying out cavity walling. You will learn how to set out and build structures up to damp course level, and construct straight forward brick/ block walls.
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This course aims to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in construction.

The units studied develop both written and practical skills for the workplace. You will get the opportunity to develop your skills in a real working environment.


  • Health Safety & Welfare in Construction & Associated Industries
  • Knowledge of Technical Information, Quantities & Communication
  • Knowledge of Construction Technology
  • Construct Block Walling
  • Construct Brick Walling
  • Construct Cavity Walling
  • Setting out for Basic Masonry Structures
  • Mix Construction Materials
  • Synoptic Practical Assignments.


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

We are committed to supporting every one of our students with an extensive range of support services to ensure you have the opportunity to get the very best out of your experience with us.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through your studies and try to help with any problems you may encounter. In the Technology department, your course leader will also act as your personal tutor.

You will answer knowledge based questions at the end of each unit.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

A number of Project Managers from high profile North East construction companies visit our brickwork students, to discuss employment opportunities and the construction industry.

We have many strong links with many companies, including:
  • Tolent Living
  • Persimmons Homes
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Robertsons Construction
  • Ladycraft Ltd
  • Durham City Builders
  • Scott Builders
  • Beamish Museum.


Our brick workshop reflects the best of industry standards and will give you experience of the real working practices and conditions you will face in the construction sector.

Students are required to undertake an employability programme and/or relevant work experience. We work in partnership with local employers to provide you with hands-on experience. Some of the employers we work with are our former students who have established their own businesses.

You could progress to Level 2 Brickwork at New College Durham to further develop your knowledge and skills.

Alternatively, you could progress into employment in a brick based role.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

You will need safety footwear for practical sessions in our industry standard brick workshop. Failure to wear safety equipment will result in student being refused entry to workshop. The college will provide opportunity to purchase these at the start of term.

Interview Instructions

You will attend an interview with one of our construction team. Once your place on the course is confirmed, we will be in touch throughout the year.
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Entry Criteria

Entry requirements for this course are Grade 2 GCSE in maths and English or equivalent. Access to all Level 1 courses depend on a successful interview and your maths and English assessment result.