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Multi-Skills (Trades) Level 1

Are you unsure which trade you wish to learn or do you wish to work as a general building operative?

The Multi-Skill Trades City & Guilds 6219-07 Diploma Level 1 is a one year programme aimed at learners who wish to enter the construction industry but are unsure about which occupation to choose, or for those wishing to work in maintenance or as a general building operative. You will gain experience of many different skills in various occupations including carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, plastering and painting and decorating. You will then have the opportunity to progress on to another full-time programme in your chosen field of trade.

This is predominantly a practical based programme but there will be some classroom teaching. You will develop a portfolio showing practical skills in the various occupations to achieve a minimum of 37 credits required to complete this diploma. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills. A work skills and industrial familiarisation activity will also be undertaken during the year.

To achieve the Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills (6219-07), learners must achieve a minimum of 37 credits, 3 credits from the mandatory unit and a minimum of 34 credits from the optional units, of which 18 credits must come units 102-137.

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.

Course Info
Do I have to pay a fee?
How to make an Application
Other courses in this area
Entry Requirements
  • 3 GCSEs (9-1), including English and Maths
  • An interview
Brickwork
Unit accreditation no.City & Guilds Unit NumberUnit TitleCredit Value
D/505/1346
Mandatory
101Introduction to health and safety in construction3
Unit accreditation no.City & Guilds Unit NumberUnit TitleCredit Value
M/505/1514005Constructing half brick walling3
J/505/1342102Introduction to the Construction Industry3
A/505/1564118Constructing block walling3
M/505/0721119Constructing half brick return corners4
H/505/0733120Constructing cavity walls in brickwork and blockwork4
K/505/0734121Constructing one brick walling4
Carpentry
Unit accreditation no.City & Guilds Unit NumberUnit TitleCredit Value
M/505/0735001Constructing halving joints3
T/505/0736002Constructing housing joints3
F/505/0836003Constructing through mortice and tenon joints4
L/505/0824104Constructing angled halving joints4
K/505/0829105Constructing bridle joints4
K/505/0832106Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints4
M/505/0833107Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints4
T/505/1885108Fixing architraves and skirtings4
Decorating, Plastering and Tiling
Unit accreditation no.City & Guilds Unit NumberUnit TitleCredit Value
M/505/0816003Painting techniques4
L/505/1908008Preparing background surfaces and applying render coats ( Plastering )3
F/505/1355004Tiling a plain wall4
F/505/1372111Painting and wallpapering4
A/505/2777112Applying decorative effects4
F/505/0819113Applying wallpaper to internal and external angles and painting skirting4
H/505/0814114Painting a panel door4
R/505/0856115Cutting and fixing door panels3
R/505/1909125Preparing background surfaces and applying finishing coats ( Plastering )4
What Can I Do Next?

Employment opportunities as a general operative, maintenance trainee or as an apprentice in your chosen occupation (Apprenticeship placement required). Students may enter into a full-time construction trade programme of study at either level 1 or level 2 in their chosen specialism.

All students aged 16-18 on the first day of their course will have their course fully-funded by the government.

Costs of studying

If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August in the calendar year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay tuition fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. However, there are some courses which have additional costs which could include:

  • equipment costs – such as uniforms, kits, boots, etc.
  • trips and enrichment activities
  • DBS checks (formerly CRB checks)

For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available. Bursary awards can help with your course related costs such as travel, books and equipment and much more.

19+ - Fees and Funding

In certain circumstances you may be eligible for a fee waiver and therefore you will not have to pay for this course.  Eligibility for a fee waiver will depend your age at the start of the course, your previous qualifications, your employment status and whether you claim certain benefits.

If you do not meet the criteria for a fee waiver, you may be eligible for some assistance from the College’s Bursary Funds, depending on the household financial circumstances.

If you do not meet the criteria for a fee waiver, and are not eligible for assistance from the Bursary Fund, you will have to pay for this course.

Published course fees for this course are located further down this course information page.

19+ - Do I have to pay a fee?

The information in this section applies to this course, and may not apply to other courses with different funding criteria.

You will not pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19-24 on the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19-23 and are required to undertake this level 1 qualification in order to progress onto level 2, provided you have not previously achieved a level 2 qualification in any other subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4) by the start of the course
over 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits
over 19, employed and have a gross annual salary under £18,525 per annum
If you are aged 19-23 and have previously achieved a Level 2 qualification, if you do not meet the low income or unemployment criteria you will not be eligible for a fee waiver
You will not meet the low income or unemployment criteria if you:
are aged over 19 at the start of the course, unemployed and are not in receipt of benefits
are aged over 19 at the start of the course, employed and have a gross annual salary over £18,525 per annum
Therefore you will pay tuition fees

In certain circumstances, the College’s discretionary bursary fund maybe able to assist with a contribution towards tuition fees. Eligibility to the fund depends on the household’s financial circumstances.  Further information regarding the discretionary bursary fund can be found further down this page.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

If you are aged 19 at the start of the course, unemployed and not in receipt of benefits, or employed and earning over £17,374, you may be eligible for assistance with your tuition fees from the College Bursary fund. 

Bursary funds are targeted at households with a net income of under £25,000.

If you are assessed as being eligible for a bursary award to assist with your tuition fees, the award will not exceed 75% of the fee payable and you will be responsible for paying the balance of the fee.

Students of all ages can apply for assistance from the bursary fund for other course related costs, such as transport, meals, books and equipment.

The bursary fund cannot assist with any general living costs nor can it be used as an attendance incentive.

Applications to the fund are not normally considered if the household income exceeds £25,000 but may be considered in some instances if the household is experiencing severe financial hardship.

When can I apply?

16-19 and 19+ Bursary Fund applications for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year will be open from June 1st 2022.

For courses starting in September 2022, applications should be made by 1st November 2022. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. Applications received after 1st November will be considered on a pro-rata basis subject to need and the availability of funds.

Full details of the bursary funds can be found here:

Payment Options

Can I pay in instalments?

Where total course fees exceed £200 you (or your employer, if they are paying your course fees) can choose to pay your fees in instalments through a monthly payment plan.

40% of the fee or £500 (whichever is lower) will be payable at enrolment.

The balance must be paid within 6 months or by the end date if the course is less than 6 months in duration.

Payment in full in advance

Payment should be made in full at the time of enrolment. Acceptable payment methods include Debit Card and Credit Card (excluding American Express). Please note that we are no longer able to accept cash or cheque payments.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022. If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.
Multi-Skills (Trades) Diploma Level 1
LevelLevel 1
LocationColchester
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+ Learners: £1,471

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

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.