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 to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

Entry Requirements
  • 3 GCSEs (9-1), including English and Maths
  • An interview
Unit accreditation no.City & Guilds Unit NumberUnit TitleCredit Value
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
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.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Multi-Skills (Trades) Diploma Level 1
LevelLevel 1
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


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