Bricklaying Apprenticeship Level 2

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code P00019
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


Please note: By applying for this apprenticeship, you are expressing an interest.

You will have a conditional place on the course once you have applied directly to an employer and been successful at interview.

We would encourage you to look at a full time backup as well. 


This course is for recent entrants to the sector, as well as existing employees, to progress in their career in bricklaying. Join us at City Campus to develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work in the Construction Industry as a bricklayer. There are two vocational qualifications to the apprenticeship: firstly, a Level 2 Extended Diploma in Bricklaying; secondly, a Level 2 NVQ in Trowel Occupations.

The Apprentice will cover essential knowledge skills and competencies in both the technical diploma and the NVQ, together with optional units. 

Mandatory units

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and


  • Contribute to setting out and building of masonry structures up to damp proof course
  • Carrying out blocklaying activities
  • Carrying out bricklaying activities
  • Carrying out cavity walling activities
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

An optional unit in Producing Thin Joint Masonry and Masonry Cladding can also be taken in addition to the above to reflect the specific job role.

Mandatory units

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the workplace
  • Erecting masonry structures in the workplace
  • Setting out masonry structures in the workplace

Trainees also cover one optional unit, determined by the type of work carried out on site.

  • Erecting masonry cladding in the workplace
  • Erecting thin joint masonry structures in the workplace
  • Maintaining slate and tile roofing 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
  • Placing and finishing non-specialist concrete in the workplace
  • Installing drainage in the workplace

How will it be delivered?

The whole programme takes 24 months to complete. Throughout each of the two years, you will spend four days a week working on site as an apprentice bricklayer and the other one day a week in College building  skills and knowledge.

Whilst at College, you will receive training to cover the technical diploma units of the qualification.

The technical diploma is assessed through unit theory tests and practical end tests carried out in the College's workshop.

For the NVQ, assessment involves building a portfolio of evidence gathered in the workplace which demonstrates that apprentices cover the range of skills required for their qualification.

We will support you through regular one-to-one visits by a trained assessor every six to eight weeks. These visits will cover one-to-one support and individual learning, as well as observations to assess you competencies in the workplace and a review of your portfolio of evidence.

Entry requirements

Apprentices will be required to have 4 GCSEs grade 3 or above including English and Maths, prior to being accepted onto the apprenticeship.

You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.

Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details. 

Your next steps...

Apprenticeship in Trowel Occupations Level 3

Successful completion of this course enables learners to apply for the CSCS Blue Skilled Worker card.