Brickwork Courses at Derby College

Build a brighter future in one of the UK’s largest industries. Derby College will equip you with the advanced bricklaying skills needed by construction employers today.

Did you know we also offer options in Carpentry, Electrical, Painting & Decorating/Plastering, Plumbing and Professional Construction.

Firm foundations for your career

Want to succeed in an industry that is always moving forward? Keen on practical projects where you can improve the world we live in? Want to say: ‘I built that’?

At Derby College, you’ll discover an exciting range of full-time courses covering all aspects of bricklaying and trowel occupations. We offer apprenticeship opportunities too, along with clear routes to take your construction qualifications all the way to degree level.

Is this you?

  • Interested in design and technology
  • Good at paying attention to detail
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Work well in a team
  • Good practical skills
  • Want to work in an industry that is always changing and moving forward

Getting into construction - Brickwork

  • Full time at College There is a wide range of full-time Construction courses offered at Derby College, preparing you for jobs in wood occupations, painting and decorating, plastering, trowel occupations, plumbing and electrical installation.
  • Apprenticeships These are available with Derby College in many crafts such as brickwork, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, electrical installation and plumbing. For some apprenticeships, you will need GCSEs or Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Higher education To do some jobs in the construction industry, such as architect, civil engineer or quantity surveyor, you will need a degree, foundation degree or HND. You can study full time at university or part time alongside a job. Derby College itself offers a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment as well as a Foundation Degree in Construction Management.
  • Jobs You could take an unskilled job, for example as a labourer, as a step into construction work and do more ‘on the job’ training in the future.
  • Did you know we also offer options in Carpentry, Electrical, Painting & Decorating/Plastering, Plumbing and Professional Construction.

Why choose Derby College?


  • • You’ll benefit from our strong employer links, which open the door to work experience opportunities, industry visits and professional mentoring.
  • Our courses combine hands-on training, the highest industry standards and employability skills ­to give you a real head start in your career.
  • We provide superb purpose-built facilities with generous space for practical construction work at both our Derby and Ilkeston campuses.
  • Our expert staff have vast experience as well as great contacts across the industry.
  • You can showcase your skills through high-profile competitions, community initiatives and ‘real-world’ projects set by employers. You could even go abroad on a work experience exchange.

Demand for ambitious, motivated and highly skilled bricklayers is high. Derby College will help you make the transition from education to employment – so you have every chance of landing a well-paid job at the end of your course.


Derby College Course Listings - Construction - Brickwork


FT Diploma in Brickwork - Level 1: Site Hudson Building

FT Apprenticeship Bricklayer Level 2 Standard: Site Hudson Building

FT Apprenticeship Groundworker Standard Level 2: Site Broomfield Hall

FT Diploma in Brickwork - Level 2: Site Hudson Building

FT Diploma in Groundworks - Level 2: Site Hudson Building

PT Introduction to Bricklaying: Site Hudson Building

PT Introduction to Bricklaying: Site Ilkeston

PT NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations - Level 2: Site Workplace

FT Schools 14-16 - WJEC Level 1/Level 2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment: Site Hudson Building

PT Schools 14-16 - WJEC Level 1/Level 2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment: Site Ilkeston

FT Schools 14-16 – City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in Construction Skills: Site Hudson Building

PT Schools 14-16 – City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in Construction Skills: Site Ilkeston

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Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

You might also be interested in ...

When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Engineering, ICT and Motor Vehicle Engineering are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

Maths & English

Find out how Maths and English can benefit you.

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.

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

Did you Know?

  • Construction is one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors, employing an estimated 2.9 million people – around 10% of all jobs
  • For every £1 invested in construction, £2.84 is generated for the wider economy
  • 42% of construction firms are experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff with the right skills
  • Construction contributes nearly £90 billion to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total
  • 13.5% of people in the industry are women

Examples of recent vacancies locally

Painter and decorator
£18,000 per year.
Enhancing homes

£18,000 per year.
Constructing and repairing

£24,000 per year
Working on house extensions

£25,000 per year.
Repairing plant and machinery

Construction project manager
£31,500 per year.
Overseeing major schemes

Quantity Surveyor
£40,000 per year.
Advising on financial and contractual matters

Site Information


Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus (including Johnson and Hudson Buildings) and our Ilkeston campus.

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