Bricklaying Level 1/2

Learn how to become a professional bricklayer and work towards a career in the fast-growing construction industry.

This is a two year programme of study consisting of two qualifications:

The Level 1 Bricklaying Diploma is designed to prepare people to enter the industry in their chosen craft and will be completed in year 1.

The Level 2 Bricklaying Diploma is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of people, enabling them to work in industry in their chosen craft. This will be completed in year 2.

The Bricklaying Diploma programmes have been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions. Working within our fully equipped training workshops you will work with real materials and on projects you would expect to find in industry. Practical and theory sessions are combined to provide you with an understanding of basic and more advanced bricklaying techniques. Assessment is based on the student showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

All the units of training must be completed by each student. All outcomes must be achieved during the training programme.

Course Content

Level 1 Bricklaying Diploma units may include:

  • Carrying out Blocklaying Activities
  • Carrying out Bricklaying Activities
  • Carrying out Cavity Walling Activities
  • Contribute to Setting Out and Building of Masonry Structures up to Damp Proof Course
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication

Developing from the Level 1 programme, Level 2 units and activities include:

  • Interpreting Working Drawings to Set Out Masonry Structures
  • Producing Thin Joint Masonry and Masonry Cladding (Optional)
  • Building Solid Walling, Isolated and Attached Piers
  • Construct Cavity Walling Forming Masonry Structures
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication

In addition to this there are seven theory units to complete, each of which have an internal knowledge test, plus an end of year exam on all seven units of study.

Entry Requirements

Level 1: 3 GCSEs (grades A*-G/9-1), including English and Maths, and an interview.

Level 2: Satisfactory completion of the Level 1 Diploma and via interview/progression board. Candidates must be deemed to have the potential and opportunity to successfully gain the qualification.

What Can I Do Next?

Employment opportunities as a trainee bricklayer/improver. Further vocational training and assessment leading to NVQ Level 2. Further vocational training and assessment leading to a Bricklaying Diploma Level 3.

Bricklaying Diploma Level 1/2

NOTE: Applications for September 2018 at our Colchester campus are now closed for this course, however places are still available at our Braintree campus.

If you are interested in applying for this course to start at our Colchester campus in September 2019, please use the Register an Interest button below.

LevelLevel 1
Level 2
Duration2 years
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Institute
The College at Braintree
Start DateSeptember
Fee(s)16-18: Free
19+: Year 1: £1,553 | Year 2: £1,663


All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2018-19 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.