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C&G Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying

The role of the Bricklayer is to accurately and consistently lay bricks, blocks, stone and masonry materials to architect specifications and industrial standards. They work inside and outside of buildings, constructing and repairing masonry structures such as walls, chimneys, fireplaces, arches and specialist brickwork.


This course is the next step to a career as a Bricklayer, following the completion of either a Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying or significant experience in the trade. You will gain further understanding of the construction industry and have an opportunity to apply intermediate bricklaying skills in a practical and realistic way. You will follow a programme of study that enables progression to further courses and employment within the construction industry. You will also gain confidence by developing further independent learning skills and will learn how bricklaying activities are carried out safely and how they contribute to our built environment.

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Start date: 07/09/2023

Course code
Level 2
Penwith College
1 year


Small class sizes

experienced tutors

industry-standard facilities

links with employers


Learn from sector experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience who have all been tradespeople themselves. You will learn to advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the job role of Bricklayer and the construction industry as a whole.

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Develop work-related skills

During your programme, you will also develop personal and work-related skills which will prepare you for progression to further studies or full-time work, following completion of your training in College.

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Enjoy professional surroundings

We enjoy partnerships with many large suppliers and employers and as a result students experience, apply and develop industry-standard bricklaying skills in a realistic working environment.


You will be taught bricklaying in our first-class workshops, classrooms, and IT suites, and will continue to build bricklaying masonry structures on your own and in small teams. Of course, it’s not all about practical skills, employers need enthusiastic and engaged employees to meet the demands of the construction industry and to help their business grow. You will therefore need to further your knowledge of how the construction industry and other trades work together and operate. This will give you the very best opportunity to progress and forge a successful and rewarding career in the construction industry.

If you are a full-time student aged 16-18, you will follow a study programme which will consist of your main Bricklaying course, enterprise and enrichment activities, English and Mathematics* and work-related experience.

*Should you not achieve at least a 4 in English and Mathematics you will be required to continue to study these as an integral part of your course.

Units that you will study include:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication: The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge of building methods and construction technology, including aspects of job roles, communication, documentation, drawings, energy efficiency, foundations, internal and external walls, floors and roofs.
  • Producing thin joint masonry and masonry cladding: In this unit you will be taught about thin joint masonry systems and their use within concrete and steel framed buildings and their applications.
  • Build solid walling isolated and attached piers: This unit will enable you to learn about the resources required and how to use them to create solid walling, isolated and attached piers.
  • Interpret working drawings to set out masonry structures: In this unit you will learn how to interpret and apply information to set out regular masonry structures on level ground.
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction Within this unit you will learn about health and safety regulations, roles and responsibilities, accident and emergency reporting procedures and documentation. Together with hazards, health and welfare in the workplace, it also covers working at height, working with electrical equipment and fire emergency procedures.
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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying, which requires a further year of study. Alternatively, you could progress onto an apprenticeship in Bricklaying. There are many opportunities for skilled Bricklayers in the building industry, working for large and small companies or in self-employment.

Further study will enable you to work towards more senior roles within the construction industry such as a Working Foreperson, Assistant Site Manager, Site Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Architect, Clerk of Works, Building Surveyor.

Assessment arrangements

Bricklaying practical coursework will be assessed through set practical tasks in well-equipped workshops. Your knowledge will be assessed through internally set test papers and externally set online exams.

Entry Requirements

You will need a grade 2 or equivalent in GCSE Mathematics and English language or literature to gain entry on the. Should you not achieve this you should still apply, each applicant will be invited to attend an interview with the course manager, circumstances can be discussed and all successful candidates will gain a place on the programme. A keen interest in the role will be advantageous in pursuing this rewarding and well-paid career.


Information & Support

The student support team is there to support you and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal and pastoral issues. The Student Support team will work together with your personal tutor to support you in successfully completing your course and pursuing pathways to progression as a Bricklayer.

As in the workplace, PPE will be required for the course such as safety boots, goggles etc. You will be provided with a full list of the protective equipment requirements of the course before you start.

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What you could earn

  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Chartered Surveyors
  • Architects
  • Chartered Architectural Technologists
  • Production Managers and Directors in Construction
  • Construction and Building Trades Supervisors
  • Elementary Construction Occupations
  • Construction Operatives
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