Level 2 Diploma Building Maintenance

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 2
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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 is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills, and prepare them for work in a multi-skilled environment.

The course covers a range of construction crafts dealing with maintenance and repair. You will study areas such as building methods and construction technology; masonry repairs; painting, decorating and associated repairs; plastering and repairs; plumbing repairs; carpentry and joinery repairs; and safe working practices.
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We have specialist workshops so you can get real hands-on experience in a practical training environment. 

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This course is designed to expand your knowledge and skills in multicraft construction activities, and prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen craft. It provides learners with the opportunity to build many transferable knowledge and skills, both theoretical and practical.


  • Health and Safety
  • Communications, Estimating, Information
  • Building Technology
  • Erecting and Dismantling Access Equipment and Working Platforms
  • Developing Customer Relationships
  • Carrying out Masonry Repairs
  • Carrying out Painting and Decorating Repairs
  • Carrying out Plastering Repairs
  • Carrying out Plumbing Repairs
  • Carrying out Wood Repairs
  • Carrying out Tiling Repairs
  • Carrying out Roofing Repairs.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is both classroom and workshop based and 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.

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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.


Learners will be encouraged to undertake relevant work placement to gain valuable hands-on experience practicing their skills in a real working environment.

The study programme is designed to allow students to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter internal and external construction competitions.

You could progress to a specialised trade course at New College Durham such as painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery, plumbing or construction.

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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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 - 2017 price was listed as £10.00.

Additional costs may apply for enrichment activities.

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

You will hold a Level 1 qualification in a construction trade, and be skilled in carrying out practical tasks. Basic literacy and numeracy skills are required.