These courses are designed for individuals wishing to pursue a career as a bricklayer. You will develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for an Apprenticeship. Preston’s College has strong links with the building industry and we regularly recruit apprentices directly from the workshop.
At all levels you will learn the importance of safe working practices, communicating with others and the use of drawings and specifications when on a building site.
Level 1: You’ll learn basic block and basic brick laying skills including how to set out and build basic masonry structures and how to use access equipment such as steps, ladders and mobile scaffold.
Level 2: You’ll learn how to interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures, how to carry out thin joint masonry and masonry cladding and how to build solid wallings, isolated and attached piers and cavity walling.
Level 3: You’ll work on more demanding and decorative brickwork, develop your knowledge of building methods; construction technology, sustainability and green technologies; and repairing, maintaining and erecting complex masonry structures.
You will be taught in The Eric Wright Real Work Environment where you can work on scaffolding, build cavity walls, structural openings and damp proofing courses. The underpinning knowledge will be taught in the classroom.
- Portfolio of evidence
- In class tests
- Practical demonstrations
- Multiple choice tests
On successful completion of each level you can progress to the next level or seek employment as an Apprentice to complete your training.
There are opportunities to demonstrate your skills and abilities through SkillBuild and other related competitions. You’ll need your own stationery and personal protective equipment including safety boots and work clothing. All other tools and equipment are provided.
Level 1 requires a profile of mainly grade 2s (Es) at GCSE including English Language and Maths. Level 2 & 3 are progression only.
Apprenticeship progression: All students in Construction start at Level 1 in order to develop their skills for an Apprenticeship. A lot of students are recruited by employers straight from the classroom to a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship during or at the end of their Level 1 course.