Course Title Ascentis Level 1 Diploma in Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industry
Level: 1
Code Y094

Overview of the Course

This course will provide you with a basic introduction to a variety of construction trades including plastering, brickwork, carpentry and joinery. The course will provide an insight into the industry, organisations and job roles. You will be required to complete a range of practical projects and develop your skills and knowledge through studying a range of units including Health and Safety and Carrying out Operations. Approximately 80% of the course is based in workshops and 20% is theory.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Bricklayer
  • Project Manager
  • Construction Operative

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grades 9-2 (A*-E) including English and maths 9-2 (A*-E) .

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

Achievement of the mandatory unit 'Introduction to Construction Work' is internally assessed through building up a portfolio of evidence. Other units are assessed by a series of questions produced by Ascentis and managed by your tutor. To gain the award you must be successful in all units.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduyction to Construction Work
  • Introduction to Health and Safety
  • Personal Work Skills
  • Handling and Storing Materials and Components
  • Carrying out Operations


What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get along with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply ratios and formulae to standard units of weight, length time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Bricklaying students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • National Building Corporations
  • Housing Associations
  • Local Building Firms
  • Local Schools
  • Heritage Centres

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression onto employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for coursework study visits.


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