Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Bricklaying - Level 1 Certificate

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Course Code: FE0260-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate in Bricklaying Level 1 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.

Entry requirements

Start at Level 1 . You should have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Half brick walling
  • Block walling
  • Half brick return corners
  • Cavity walls in brickwork
  • One brick walling
  • Health and safety
  • The construction industry

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.

Further study

After Level 1, you can progress to Level 2, either full-time or as an apprentice. 

Future careers:

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

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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