Bricklaying | City & Guilds Certificate in Bricklaying | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0265-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: You must have completed the Level 1 bricklaying course. Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Bricklaying Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?

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 and prepare you for employment in the industry. The courses are taught by industry-experienced tradespeople in our Centre of Excellence for Brickwork and our facilities simulate real work environments.

  • Purpose-built construction and engineering centre
  • Highly experienced and qualified staff
  • Facilities simulate real work environments
  • Opportunities for work experience

Start dates

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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. 


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.

  • Students regularly win top prizes from the Guild of Bricklayers
  • Highly experienced and qualified staff
  • 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 College'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.

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After this course

Further study

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

Future careers include:

  • Bricklayer
  • Master bricklayer
  • Team supervisor
  • Self-employed builder
After this course

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Additional funding

If you are unemployed, in receipt of certain benefits or on a low wage, you may be eligible for a free course. 
To be eligible for a free course, you must meet the following criteria:
  • You will be aged 19+ when the course begins
  • AND you are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 annual gross salary

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Open events

Register your interest for our next open events taking place in 2023. It's an opportunity to explore our amazing facilities and hear from our expert teaching staff.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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