Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
1 September 2019TBCMike Sexton

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

WHAT WILL THE INTERVIEW INVOLVE?

The interview process will involve da Maths and English assessment along with an informal discussion with one of the team members, the whole process should take no longer than three hours.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

The qualifications are aimed at people wishing to learn some skills in bricklaying, to progress on to becoming skilled in their chosen trade, or to progress through an apprenticeship and work towards becoming a master craftsman.

Another important feature of the Diploma’s is that it provides a progression route towards achieving a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at level 2. Units within a Diploma route relate to the units within the relevant construction NVQ. NVQ in Trowel Occupations Level 2 is for either new entrants to the industry or mature applicants working within the construction industry wishing to become trade qualified. An NVQ requires a candidate to be working in the industry to provide evidence to support its achievement.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Technical qualification allows candidates to learn, develop and practise and further the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Bricklaying.

A technical qualification is considered to be the industry standard. Obtaining this level can lead to a career as a bricklayer.

Another important feature of the Diploma’s is that it provides a progression route towards achieving a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at level 2. Units within a Diploma route relate to the units within the relevant construction NVQ. NVQ in Trowel Occupations Level 2 is for either new entrants to the industry or mature applicants working within the construction industry wishing to become trade qualified. An NVQ requires a candidate to be working in the industry to provide evidence to support its achievement.

It covers the following skills:

  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Producing masonry cladding
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

Knowledge will then be assessed by means of an online exam:

  • Level 2 Principles of building, construction, information and communication

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

As part of this course you will attend lessons in one of the following subjects (if required);

  • English
  • Maths

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Work placements and any work experience are highly desirable but subject to availability. All candidates are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to gain purposeful work experience during their course. It is not realistic for the College to be expected to find all trainees a placement, though we will do all we can to assist in finding suitable opportunities. The timetable is designed to give all candidates the opportunity to complete at least 40 hours of work experience within their academic week.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES

The College can offer a variety of additional qualifications and activities beyond the core course requirements. All students are invited to complete additional qualifications.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Typically attendance will be required for 3 days. The qualification for this course will be a Brickwork Diploma Award.

To gain the award candidates have to be successful in all units and the phase test but each unit they achieve will be recorded. They must also pass a separate knowledge test.

The course is structured and delivered by continuous assessment but includes phase testing of practical ability and knowledge areas in each unit It will be your responsibility to update your record book which will show evidence of your experience and achievements. The Certificate is awarded on completion of all units and achievement of the health and safety and Principles online exam.

WHAT CAN THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

  • Apply problem solving techniques in the areas of competence covered
  • Understand the principles of construction in each unit
  • Develop practical skills as required by the industry
  • Higher level study, Surveying, Architectural technician etc

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Essential Materials, Books and Equipment needed

You will be expected to provide yourself with:

  • Safety footwear incorporating steel toecaps (£30 approx.)
  • Bib and brace / overalls as protective clothing ( two pairs ) (£25 approx.)
  • Tape Measure ( 5 metre minimum length) (£8 approx.)
  • An approved set of Drawing Equipment (£35 approx.)
  • Calculator, Writing Materials, A4 Lever Arch Files, Paper (£15 approx.)
  • Recommended Books (£24 approx.)
  • Health and Safety Test New Registrations (£35 approx. included in exam fee)

PLEASE NOTE THESE FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

It is expected that all students will enter for the examination.

USEFUL WEBSITES

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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