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Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years

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About the course

The construction industry continues to grow in the UK – so what better time to become an apprentice bricklayer with City College Plymouth? Apprenticeships are a great alternative to a full-time course because they enable you to start working in construction under supervision, whilst also earning a wage and attending the College to study your qualifications. If you don’t mind heavy lifting, taking orders and working at height, and you’re willing to work hard, then the rewards are there for you to take. Whether you’re following technical drawings or building your own designs, a career in bricklaying can help you build your own future. You will learn how to become a skilled craftsperson who provides complex skills on site or is called upon to produce interesting and decorative effects in the laying of construction bricks and blocks. The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Bricklaying is equivalent to five GCSEs and will give you a thorough grounding in the health and safety aspects, the organisation and craft that you aim to tackle. The Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to three A Levels and includes the NVQ Level 3 in Trowel Occupations. You will need to have successfully completed an Intermediate Bricklaying Apprenticeship. This Apprenticeship covers all the relevant aspects and current issues in bricklaying and we will give you all the help you need to study and practise. You will focus on what you need to know to be able to think and plan more effectively before you take on the demands of your more senior or supervisory construction role.

What you'll learn

Intermediate ApprenticeshipAs an Apprentice, you will gain valuable experience and occupational competence within your workplace setting. You will be employed by a company and, under supervision, your job would include working in one of the following settings;•    large building site
•    private houses
•    commercial premisesYou will need to achieve a set number credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. By the end of your apprenticeship you will have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills.You will also have to complete Functional Skills Level 1 in maths and English, Employment Responsibilities and Rights, plus Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.Advanced Apprenticeship
The course content will include:NVQ Level 3 in Trowel OccupationsFunctional skills: maths level 2 and English level 2Technical certificate: Diploma Level 3.Employment Responsibilites and Rights (ERR) programme of study and abrasive wheels training course.PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self management and effective participation.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via an intitial assessment with the College’s Work-based Learning team.


There will be a range of assessments that take place both on and off the job. There are some exams on the advanced Apprenticeship, but these will only take place when your tutor believes you’re ready.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.