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Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures e.g. chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. A bricklayer may work one-on-one or on larger jobs where their bricklaying group may work on a particular section of a building alongside other bricklaying gangs as well as other trades.

  • What will I study?


    • Health & Safety
    • Customer Service
    • Communication
    • Buildings
    • Energy efficiency
    • Materials
    • Alternative construction techniques
    • Radial and battered brickwork
    • Feature and reinforced brickwork
    • Fireplaces and chimneys


    • Preparation of materials
    • Safe working
    • Working area
    • Masonry structures
    • Radial and battered brickwork
    • Feature and reinforced brickwork
    • Other brickwork
    • Building technology


    • Positive and mature attitude
    • Quality focused
    • Effective communication
    • Self-motivated learner
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in working on a building site with building components to construct and repair walls.

  • How is the course assessed?
    • 1 day at college day release
    • Develop a portfolio of evidence
    • Assessments in the work place
    • To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment
  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • health and safety hazards, current regulations
    • The principles of high-quality customer service
    • how to Communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • interpret drawings and specifications
    • ensure thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation are maintained
    • repair and renew masonry structures.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional
    • be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in Work and in personal standards to current industrial standards
    • Keep up to date with best practice and new technology.
  • General info

    Essential equipment required for classroom activities and assessments:

    • Scientific calculator, pencils, coloured pencils, Black ink pens, ruler, maths set, rubber, coloured highlighters, A4 project book, A4 leaver arch folder, narrow post-it index
    • Bib and brace overall
    • Safety boots
    • Safety specs (clear)
    • Gloves relevant to trade
  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress to a career within the bricklaying industry or progress to a higher level qualification.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Applicants will typically hold:

    • 4 x GCSEs grade 9-3 -Equivalent L1 qualifications appropriate to the apprenticeship

    • Initial assessment (BKSB and free-writing) will demonstrate the applicant is working at Entry 3 for English and mathematics
    • In the absence of the above, a professional discussion may be offered to confirm suitability for the programme and likelihood to achieve.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview with an apprenticeship advisor and the employer

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    The interview process will include an informal advice and guidance session with one of our apprenticeship advisors in preparation for a formal interview with an employer (subject to suitability for the course and job).

    You will need to bring copies of your certificates for any qualifications already achieved and a copy of your CV or application. You should also be prepared to sit English and maths assessments.