Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Bricklaying - Level 2 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0265-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Bricklaying Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

Bricklayers are currently in high demand and are well paid. This fun and exciting course will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to start your career as a bricklayer. Based in our newly refurbished workshops, our industry-experienced teachers will give you the confidence to work as part of a team and also to work on your own and solve problems.

The aim of this course is to take the experience from Level 1 and apply it to more challenging tasks culminating in practical assignments which have to build to industry standards. 

Students have the opportunity to enter competitions and there have been several MET student winners at the Guild of Master Bricklayers Regional Final.

Entry requirements

To study on this course you will need to have successfully completed the Bricklaying Level 1 course (City & Guilds Certificate in Construction Skills (Bricklaying) Level 1).

Entry requirements

Course content

Practical units include:

  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Producing thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

Theory units include:

  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Building Construction, Information and Communication
  • Organizing, Planning and Pricing Construction Work

GCSEs in English and maths are part of the core programme of study. Students who have not achieved a 9-5 grade in English and maths will be required to study the appropriate level as part of their main qualification. 

Why this course at the MET?

  • Students regularly win top prizes from the Guild of Bricklayers
  • Highly experienced and qualified staff
  • Facilities simulate real work environments
  • State-of-the-art IT facilities make theory learning interactive and fun

This course is run from our purpose-built construction and engineering centre at Northbrook MET's Broadwater Campus. The industry-standard facilities simulate a real working environment, with workshops designed to provide a learning experience that will prepare you for employment.

You will work alongside students studying other construction and engineering trades and benefit from this unique learning environment. 

Broadwater Campus has excellent facilities, including our coffee shop (serving Starbucks beverages), canteen (hot and cold food and drink), Learning Resource Centre (Library) and access to research and IT facilities. Classrooms are equipped with projectors and screens to enhance your learning.


Practical assignments have been developed for each individual unit, which gives you the flexibility to assess learners in the manner which best suits you. 

The knowledge assessment is designed to be taken on a computer using the Cskills Awards online testing platform - however paper testing is also available. The tests are externally set and marked multiple choice tests where students can choose one of four possible answers. The tests cover the learning outcomes for each unit and measures that they have been met. Testing can be by single unit or by several units at a time.


Further study and future careers

Further study

You can progress to a Level 3 bricklaying qualification, either full-time or as an apprentice. 

Future careers

  • Bricklayer
  • Master bricklayer
  • Team supervisor
  • Self-employed builder
Further study and future careers

Potential Careers

Bricklayer or mason

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines drawings, photographs and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Marks and cuts stone using hammers, mallet and hand or pneumatic chisels.
  • Spreads mortar on foundations and bricks, and places, levels and aligns bricks in mortar bed.
  • Uses hand and power tools to shape, trim, carve, cut letters in and polish stone.
  • Levels, aligns and embeds stone in mortar and faces brick, concrete or steel frame with stone to make and repair structures.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £13,845

AVERAGE £19,754


Desired Skills:
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Writing
  • Science
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