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Foundation in Bricklaying

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to enter the bricklaying trade within the construction industry.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Brickwork
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

Covering both practical and theoretical aspects of the bricklaying trade, this course offers an ideal introduction to the sector and gives you the opportunity to progress to higher levels. 

Foundation in Bricklaying:

  • GCSE grade 2 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 2 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Explore Bricklaying:

  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Lower grades may be considered. However an initial assessment will be required prior to full acceptance. 

Both courses require an interview with a member of the Bricklaying team which will involve questioning your knowledge of what is involved in the trade.

Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme of study.  Units will cover safe working practices, cavity walling, contributing to setting out and several other basic bricklaying skills.

You will learn on-site.

While we make every endeavour to run programmes as advertised, we reserve the right to cancel those which do not enrol sufficient numbers to make them viable.

You will need to supply your own safety footwear.  A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.

Assessment is via observation of practical work.  You may be required to undertake real trade projects, on which you will also be assessed.  Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Further study

You can progress to a Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying as a full-time learner. If you continue your studies, you will develop your literacy and numeracy skills further.


You will have the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry. There is a wide range of career options in construction crafts.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Stonemasons and Related Trades


Stonemasons and Related Trades


Construction and Building Trades


Construction and Building Trades

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Course Information Last Updated On: June 7, 2024 12:39 pm