Bricklaying | City & Guilds Certificate in Bricklaying | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0260-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate in Bricklaying Level 1 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 course is taught by industry-experienced tradespeople in our Centre of Excellence for Brickwork and our facilities simulate real work environments.

Based in our newly refurbished workshops, our expert teachers will give you the confidence to work as part of a team and on your own. 

  • 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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Qualifications required

To start at Level 1, you should have at least two GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths.

If you do not have the required entry grades you may be suited to an Inclusion Pathfinders course.


Qualifications required

About this course

Why this course at Northbrook College?

  • 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

Topics include

  • Half brick walling
  • Return corners
  • Block walling
  • Cavity walls in brickwork
  • One brick walling
  • Health, safety and welfare in the construction industry



The course is taught in our purpose-built Centre of Excellence for Brickwork and our facilities simulate real work environments.

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After this course

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

Future careers include:

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

Work experience

Work experience or work related experience enables you to develop links with employers and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content, demonstrating how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real world setting. This ensures you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.  

Work experience can take a variety of forms, such as live projects with internal or external clients.

Your tutors will help and support you in finding work experience. However, you are welcome to use your own contacts to secure a placement.

We also encourage all of our students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community.

Course fees

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.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704


Course fees

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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.

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