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Schools 14-16 - City & Guilds Entry Level Award in Construction Skills (Entry 3)

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Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered at Entry Level 3, this multi-trade course is aimed at students in school years 10 and 11 who are thinking of a career in the construction industry.  It is designed to give them an insight into different construction trades.

The programme represents an exciting opportunity to develop specialised occupational knowledge and undertake practical tasks in three different trades in our state-of-the-art Construction Academy. This experience can then support progression into post-16 education in a single specialism.

Entry requirements

An interview with staff from the Construction team will form part of the selection process. Applicants need to demonstrate an interest in investigating the construction industry as a potential future career route.

Course Content

The City & Guilds 6219 E3 programme is a practical based course and all lessons are set within the workshop environment.

Each student will experience a period of time within the brickwork, plastering and decorating trades and complete modules in:

  • Painting techniques
  • Constructing half brick walling
  • Preparing and applying rendering coats

How will I be assessed?

The majority of assessments are practical and they are supported by written evidence in the form of a portfolio.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots are required. Overalls must be purchased through Derby College.

What can I do after this course?

With the successful completion of this course and the appropriate GCSE grades in Maths and English, progression is possible to a full-time Level 1 Certificate in one of the construction specialisms.

Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, it might be possible to progress to an apprenticeship in a specific trade - with confirmed employment with a suitable employer in the sector.

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This course is run at the Hudson Building

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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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