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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma

Wakefield College

Margaret Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2DH

National Award (BTEC)
Level 3
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

Course Summary

Bricklayers work on both new build and renovation schemes, on projects ranging from house extensions to city centre commercial development. This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of bricklaying and to develop and practise the skills for employment and a career in this craft area.

This is an ideal course for those who are looking to learn on a full-time basis and have identified that they want to enter the construction industry and have a career as a bricklayer.

Bricklaying study programmes start with a level 1 certificate or level 1 diploma. Learners progress from this to level 2 and level 3 study either as a full time learner or as part time as an apprentice.

Course Details

What you will study

All study programmes cover health, safety, and principles of construction relevant to the trade. They also aim to develop practical skills for this craft. With this you will study:

• Principles of construction
• How to work safely in a construction environment
• How to set out building work
• How to build block walls
• How to build brick walls
• How to build cavity walls

How will it be delivered?

How you will be assessed

All study programme assessment at level 1 is continuous throughout the academic year.

Theory subjects are assessed through examination.

Practical assessment is continuous throughout the year with a synoptic assessment in the summer term.

At levels 2 and 3 Theory is assessed through an externally set examination set in March and June; with practical skills assessed through an externally set synoptic assessment completed in May.

Entry requirements

All learners will be required to complete a BKSB assessment.

Level 1

3 GCSEs at 9-2

Level 2

5 GCSEs 9-4


GCSE English and Maths grade 9-3 with Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying

Level 3

GCSE English and Maths grade 9-4 with Level 2 Technical Certificate in Bricklaying

Your next steps...

Further study

On completion, you can progress as a full-time learner to the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Bricklaying. Alternatively, if you have gained employment in the sector you may return as an apprentice on a day release basis to achieve an NVQ Level 2, progressing to Level 3 NVQ and Diploma.

On completion of the level 3 Diploma, you can progress to an Access to HE course for Construction.

Career Opportunities

A bricklaying labourer can earn up to £15000 per year and a qualified bricklayer can earn up to £30000. Qualified experienced bricklayers also have the potential to set up their own company

Additional information

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