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Brickwork (Level 2)

This Intermediate study programme will provide you with the training you will require to develop your skills and the experience to carry out bricklaying to industry standards.


Bricklaying was completely new to me when I started College on the Level 1 Construction course. I was recovering from an illness I’d had back in 2013 and wanted to slowly get back into something.

I chose Brickwork because I have always been fascinated by building work and I get a real sense of satisfaction from building something from scratch. I must say I was a bit hesitant getting back into education and not sure how I would cope, but the younger students here are great and the tutors are so friendly.

I’ve learnt a lot including how to construct brick arches and also had some ‘on the job’ experience painting and decorating in the College.

When I finish the study programme I would like to get a job or try and set up my own small, self-employed company. You shouldn’t give up on your ambitions. There is no set age to stop studying, so you shouldn’t put a limit on yourself. Life is too short, so learn what you can.

Mohammed - Brickwork Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in brickwork.
  • If you already hold a Level 1 then you may be able to  do this study programme over one year.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • How to carry out safe working practices in construction
    • Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others
    • Knowledge of building methods and construction technology
    • How to interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures
    • Knowledge of and masonry cladding
    • How to build solid walling, isolated and attached piers
    • How to build cavity walling forming masonry structures
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 

Assessment methods

Assessments will be carried out at the end of each unit.


Bricklaying NOCN-CSkills Awards Level 2 Diploma


  • Health, Safety and Environment (CSCS) Test
  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion you could progress on to Brickwork Level 3. Alternatively you could progress into employment as a bricklayer. In addition you could collect work based evidence which can be converted into an NVQ Level 2.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme you will be required to pay for:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), approximately £30
  • Textbooks, approximately £20
  • You will also be required to pay approximately £40 to take a CSCS test. This will allow you to complete the mandatory 30 hours’ work experience required as part of this study programme
Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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