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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is delivered in conjunction with your employer and support is given to ensure specific training is available to meet your needs.

You will study the:

• City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Construction Operations (Groundworks)

• Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations (Groundworks)

Entry requirements

You should have gained employment as an apprentice with a groundworks or building company.

It is desirable - but not always required - that you have GCSE grade D/3 or above in English and Maths, a Pass or above in a Construction or Groundworks-based course, or an equivalent qualification.  You will undertake a skills test in literacy and numeracy.

A commitment to your own learning and performance in a working environment is essential.

Course Content

During your Groundworks qualification, you will learn about:

  • General Health and Safety
  • Working Practices
  • Setting Out
  • Moving and Handling Materials
  • Drainage (dependent on the route)
  • Modular Paving (dependent on the route)

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by completing College-based practical and theory assessments as you work towards your full apprenticeship programme.

You will also build an NVQ portfolio of evidence on your site-based experience. You will be visited by your allocated assessor at your place of work and discussions with your employer will form supportive evidence of your achievements.

You will undertake tests in literacy and numeracy as part of your apprenticeship framework.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship in construction-based trades, providing you pass your:

  • main programme with a minimum of a Credit grade
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above


You can continue advancing your career as a construction operative while training for a Level 3 qualification in an advanced apprenticeship in your chosen craft area.

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This course is run at the Hudson Building

Hudson Building

About the Hudson Building»

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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