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Course Code: AP2, AP3, AP4

Level: 2, 3, 4
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 30 months
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

The construction sector is the driving force behind the UK economy, employing three million people and contributing 6.4% of GDP. Not only that, the construction industry is central to delivering the homes, schools, hospitals, energy and transport infrastructure our society demands. A career in the construction industry is like no other. Bricklaying is a core function within the construction sector, particularly the house building sector. The Government has a target to build significantly more new homes over the coming years and therefore the demand for bricklayers has never been higher.

Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures eg chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer may work one-on-one or on larger jobs where their bricklaying group (gang) may work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs as well as other trades.

What you'll learn

Intermediate Apprenticeship

As 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;• a large building site, private houses or a commercial premises. You 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 Occupations, Functional skills: maths level 2 and English level 2 Technical 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. Furthermore, you will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level. As a result of achieving the Apprenticeship, there will be an entitlement to join the Federation of Master Builders’ continuous professional development (CPD) scheme for individual tradespeople.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

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.