Course Title Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying) Apprenticeship Level 3
Level: 3
Code M07-A

Overview of the Course

There are 1,817,049 employees in the construction industry and there is a shortfall of approximately

40,000 skilled employees. Therefore this apprenticeship framework has been designed to help meet the

skills priorities of the sector. Typically an individual who is working towards this apprenticeship

framework will assume the role of a bricklayer and will complete the following tasks; working on a

building site, setting out structures and carrying out complex building works.


This Level 3 apprenticeship programme is designed to further develop the apprentices skills and

knowledge gained during the Level 2 Brickwork qualification and will enable them to work to an

advanced level in the construction sector. Our courses have an excellent reputation with employers and

help to develop construction skills that will put you at the forefront of the job market. In College, you will

be taught by staff who, have not only had successful careers in industry themselves, but who also lead

in shaping the UK’s construction and building services training sector.


Key Units


The Advanced level Trowel Occupations Diploma has a credit value of 225 credits dependent on which

units the apprentice undertakes.


Mandatory Units:

• Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace

• Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace

• Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace

• Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace

• Erecting Complex Masonry Structures in the Workplace

• Erecting Masonry Cladding in the Workplace

• Erecting Masonry Structures in the Workplace

• Erecting Thin Joint Masonry Structures in the Workplace

• Installing Drainage in the Workplace

• Maintaining Slate and Tile Roofing in the Workplace

• Placing and finishing Non-Specialist Concrete in the Workplace

• Producing External Solid Render Finishes in the Workplace

• Producing Internal Solid Plastering Finishes in the Workplace

• Repairing and Maintaining Masonry Structures in the Workplace

• Setting Out Complex Masonry Structures in the Workplace

• Setting Out Masonry Structures in the Workplace


What are the entry requirements?

Students must be employed within the industry. Students are required to take an initial assessment of literacy and numeracy and will need to achieve at least Level 1 (GCSE D-E standard) in both assessments for level 2.


Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Course Duration

18-24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Earn while you learn
  •  Learning skills that employers want
  •  Excellent progression routes
  •  Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  •  Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of the apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional Skills are available at Level 1 for this Framework.


Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the apprentice in their development of knowledge and competence in their work-based activities for the Level 2 Assessment of the apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves:


The Learning Skills Coach will use a range of methods to assess it:-


·         Direct observations in the workplace

·         Written assignments or tasks

·         Professional discussions

·         Question and answer sessions

·         Reviews

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