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Construction Skills

Course Code: FLCS

Level: 1
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Certificate, City & Guilds
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 12 weeks
When you'll study: Thursdays and Fridays, 9.00am - 4.00pm

About the course

Are you unsure whether you want to be a plasterer, painter, decorator, carpenter, bricklayer, or plumber? City College Plymouth offers this construction course for those who enjoy all aspects of construction or are unsure which trade to choose. The Level 1 City & Guilds Construction Skills course provides training in all the main construction trades, including plastering, painting and decorating, carpentry, brickwork, and plumbing. It will teach you about basic construction techniques and skills, the various materials used and allow you to practice in an industry simulated environment, achieving nationally recognised trade credits.

What you'll learn

The main course subjects covered are;

  • health and safety
  • foundation in plastering
  • foundation in painting and decorating
  • foundation in brick work
  • foundation in carpentry
  • foundation in plumbing.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however an initial assessment must be taken and maths and English at entry level 3 must be demonstrated. Willingness to engage and a genuine interest in the course will enable you to progress into employment or further your education.


You will be assessed under simulated industry working conditions, in the workshops and classrooms.

What's next?

Successful completion of this course will enhance your employment/apprenticeship opportunities and enable you to progress to a level 1 course at the College in the area of construction which interests you.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: FLCS

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £500

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 A
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.