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Level 1 Certificate in Construction – Trowel Trades 19+

Qualification Gained
City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Construction in Trowel Trades
Study Level
Adult, Trade & Professional, Level 1
24 weeks Part-time
Start Date
Study Mode


As a professional bricklayer, you lay the foundations for all other trades to follow. It is a great job for staying fit and healthy and if you have an eye for detail and good work ethic you can be earning fantastic money anywhere in the world with our official City and Guilds qualifications. Many site managers have a bricklaying background so this is a great first step if you want to move into higher education later on. Look around Bradford at the beautiful architecture found on our mosques, theatres and stadiums – brickwork is not just about sand and cement – it is about design and creativity – so come and express yourself at Bradford College.

  Key Info

At Level 1, you will learn how to construct walls and structures using blocks and bricks – how to measure and mark out for new buildings and how to repair damaged walls. As you walk around the streets where you live, make a point of noticing any walls that are falling down or people having an extension built…imagine a pound sign on it and that could be your job in a few months time. Builders in Bradford are always on the look out for apprentices and we are their number one choice when they need someone new to join their team. You can progress to Level 2 and Level 3 and learn more about stonemasonary, dry stone walling and heritage works – all of which are skills in high demand in West Yorkshire.

Entry to this course requires GCSE English and Maths at a grade 2 or E.

Please note that you will be required to wear safety boots with steel toe caps and hi-vis vest when working in the College workshops.

You will show your skills in the brick workshop – building models that start off easy, and get more and more technical. When you are ready, you will be a key player in the construction projects we run with employers that simulate a real-life construction site. This gives you the opportunity to impress the employers we bring into college with your brickwork skills and gets you closer to earning as you learn as an apprentice.

You will be learning your skills in the workshop before applying them on our college construction site. We have set up a simulated building site on our construction campus so you can get a real flavour of working life on-site! Our students benefit from local site visits and trips to construction companies, such as our award-winning local partner Priestley Construction.


Successful completion of a Level 1 course can lead onto Level 2 and 3 courses. Your course may include work experience or a work placement that could lead to the offer of a part-time or casual work, or you might work outside of your studies. A builder has the potential to earn anywhere between £12K and £40K per year. Working in the construction industry could see you constructing and managing major buildings, structures and facilities. Career opportunities are available through large construction contractors and smaller specialist employers in the public and private sectors. You could also train to become your own boss and become self-employed.


If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken.


Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.



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