Level 1 Diploma Construction Crafts

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 1
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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 provides learners with a broad knowledge of construction crafts in order to help you make decisions about which craft you wish to pursue a career in.

You will undertake training and assessment in maintenance skills, such as plastering, tiling, painting, and building block/brick walls. Developing such a range of skills will prepare you for progression into further study in a specialised area within construction.


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This course aims to provide you with an introduction to multi-craft construction activities. It will prepare you for a career in your chosen craft.

You will have the opportunity to build many transferable skills, both theoretical and practical, as well as a sound knowledge and understanding of key processes and techniques used.


You will undertake training and assessment in the following maintenance skills:
  • Plastering walls
  • Applying paint to substrates
  • Building block walls
  • Constructing woodworking joints
  • Fitting architrave and skirting
  • Tiling walls
  • Building brick walls
  • Fitting ironmongery to an internal door
  • Preparing substrates for painting and decorating
  • Developing customer relationships.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is both classroom and workshop based and is designed to cover a wide range of learning styles.

You will be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral questioning
  • Assignments
  • Written tests
  • Observation of practical performance.

Assessment is through online multiple-choice unit exams and practical based Synoptic tests, designed to mirror work tasks found in industry.

You will be assigned a tutor to support your learning throughout the course. You will also have access to a Personal Learning Coach (PLC) for support with any further issues.

Maths and English


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 the College, 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.

The study programme is designed to allow you to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter regional and national competition.


At Level 1, you will engage in set sessions that aim to improve your employability skills. To do so, you will need to register with REEDncfe.

You could progress to a relevant construction course at New College Durham.

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Jack Coyle

Jack is now employed as a full-time joiner.


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Andrew Burns

Andrew has now established his own building company, which is going from strength to strength.

What else?


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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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Additional Costs

You will need safety footwear for practical sessions in our industry standard workshops. You will be refused access to the workshops if you fail to bring your safety equipment. You will have the opportunity to purchase these at the start of term at approximately £10.00.

Additional costs may apply for enrichment activities.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College with one of our construction team.

Your interview will include:
  • A presentation detailing the College’s course key messages
  • Initial literacy and maths assessments
  • One-to-one opportunity for student or parent discussion
  • Tour of facilities.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

There are no formal entry requirements for the course, however, a good level of maths and English would be beneficial.