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Brickwork Level 1

During this course you will learn how to select and use basic tools, handle and store resources, identify and select the correct materials for the job, set out and construct brick walls ranging from a simple pyramid to garden walls using different bonds, and cover health and safety regulations.


You will work on your own and in a group to produce models in the workshops as well as having lessons in the classrooms. You will also complete units in English, Maths and IT. Theory will be carried out using work sheets, OHPs, DVDs, question sheets and display boards to build up your units and portfolio evidence. Successful students will progress on to the Diploma Level 2.


Exam Board: NOCN



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  • What will I study and learn?

    You will learn about:

    • health and safety regulations
    • how to use basic tools,
    • how to identify and select the correct materials for the job
    • how to set out and construct brickwork, blockwork and cavity walling

    You will demonstrate what you have learned with a portfolio of evidence that you have collected through your studies on the course.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work is assessed using a mixture of practical assessments, written workbooks, assignments, short question papers and tests.

    For example, something that you have built in the workshop will be assessed and at various stages during the course when you have obtained relevant knowledge you will answer short question papers about the topics you have learned so far. There is also a multiple choice test, externally set, and taken online at the end of the course.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should have an interest in brickwork and enjoy working with your hands. Attention to detail is also an essential part of construction crafts and you should also be fit as sometimes the work can be heavy. You must also be prepared to develop the key skills of application of number, communication and information technology. You should be physically fit.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    No formal qualifications are required. You will need an assessment and interview and must be motivated, committed and have a positive attitude. The course is designed for school leavers who are able to work at a level equivalent to GCSE grades 4-2/D-F.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The Brickwork Level 1 qualification leads on to the Brickwork Level 2 qualification. Towards the end of the qualification, Level 1 Brickwork students can apply to become an apprentice at NVQ level 2 or continue on to a Brickwork Level 3 qualification. Well-qualified bricklayers are highly sought after in the construction industry. Many of our students set up their own businesses when they have completed their training.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    All students will have to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (overalls and safety boots) at approximately £60. You will also need to buy a calculator and memory stick. A textbook for the level of study is also required at an approximate cost of £25.

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