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Schools 14-16 – City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in Construction Skills

Applications for the Pre-16 Provision open in February 2022. Please do not apply for this course if you will be 16 or older in September 2022. This course is part of our Pre-16 Provision and is only accessible if your school has agreed to fund the placement during Year 10 and 11.

Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Brickwork
Services to Schools
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

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 the Roundhouse (Hudson Building) for either half a day or a full day a week.

There are no formal entry requirements: you just need a strong interest in  construction.

Students will spend time in the three trade areas and must complete the three units below to achieve the qualification. 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

You will learn on-site 

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

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.

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

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Career Information

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

Bricklayers and Masons


Bricklayers and Masons

Construction and Building Trades n.e.c.


Construction and Building Trades n.e.c.

Construction Operatives n.e.c.


Construction Operatives n.e.c.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:47 pm