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Location: Ilkeston

Years: 2

Weeks: 38

Hours: 3.00

Start: 13/09/2021

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Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.

The City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in Construction Skills (601/0405/3) has been designed to give students an insight into different trades in the construction industry and is an ideal alternative for students who aren’t quite working at GCSE level yet. Students can develop occupational knowledge in three trade areas (Bricklaying, Plastering and Painting & Decorating) in our purpose-built Construction Academy, supporting progression into a trade specialism in post-16 education.

This course can be delivered over one or two years, in Year 10 or Year 11, and students will study at Ilkeston College for either half a day or one full day a week.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in the construction industry.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

Students will spend time in the three trade areas while completing the units below. For each unit, students will also learn how to identify the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), tools and materials for each task.

  • Painting techniques
  • Constructing half brick walling
  • Preparing background surfaces and applying render coats

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through a portfolio containing photographic evidence of their practical work and supporting written statements. There are no external examinations for this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved, students may wish to progress to a Level 1 trade-specific qualification (e.g. Bricklaying, Plastering, Plumbing).

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Tradesperson (Bricklayer, Tiler, Plasterer, Plumber, Carpenter, etc.)
  • Scaffolder
  • Roofer
  • Landscaper
  • Building Surveyor

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards

Building a winning future

Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level.
His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations. 
Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category
Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final

I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.


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