Bricklaying Level 1 City and Guilds

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Construction and Built Environment

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


The Level 1 Diploma is designed to prepare young people for entry into the construction industry in their chosen craft. It has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 35 Weeks
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This is a full time course developed for school leavers who want to build a career within the crafts of the construction/bricklaying industry.

Qualification Gained

City & Guilds Diploma Level 1 in Bricklaying

"The practical experience offered in this course was very useful and informative."

Ethel Hinson
Construction Skills Awards Level 1 Diploma in Construction (Bricklaying)16 - 18 year old

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Graduate Building Surveyor - £18,000-£20,000

Middle Level Role

Chartered Building Surveyor - £20,000-£30,000

Senior Level Role

Senior/Partner Building Surveyor - £30,000+

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

General core units

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Occupation specific units

  • Contribute to setting out and building of masonry structures up to damp proof course
  • Carrying out blocklaying activities
  • Carrying out bricklaying activities
  • Carrying out cavity walling activities

Synoptic practical assignment

Multiple choice unit end tests

You will also be required to complete Functional Skills Level one in Maths and English, or GCSE unless you have already gained the relevant qualifications.

Learning Methods

You will learn through: - Lectures - Group Work - Demonstrations - Discussions - Hands-on practical training and assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on the learner showing their ability as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification. Knowledge course work and testing with specialist practical Synoptic Assignments.

Progression Opportunities

On completion of the Level 1 course you will be given opportunity to progress to the Intermediate Diploma Level 2, which is a full time course. Alternatively if you gain employment you may wish to return through the apprenticeship route.

Career Opportunities

This Diploma Level 1 qualification will prepare you to either progress to the Intermediate Diploma Level 2 full time course or into a working apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 5.0 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment to enable them to access the course.

Safety boots, high visibility vest, safety gloves and safety glasses.

Also general stationery such as pen, pencil, paper, rule, calculator and file.

A personal tool kit would benefit learners practical training and competency


Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.