If you are aiming for a career in the construction industry and want to get a broad training, this course is an excellent place to start. You will get the opportunity to develop skills in wood working, plastering, painting and decorating, bricklaying, wall and floor tiling, while also learning about core subject areas such as health and safety, and working and communicating effectively in the construction trades. In addition, you will develop skills in joints; fit architrave and skirting; fit ironmongery to an internal door; use plaster materials to produce moulds; plaster a ceiling, walls and corners; apply paint to substrates; apply wallpapers to substrates; prepare substrates for painting and decorating; build a block wall, brick wall and cavity wall; and tile floors and walls.
Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...
- 3 GCSEs D-G / or 3-1 (in 2017 GCSEs)
- Relevant industry experience
Synoptic practical assessments and multiple online exams.
Aims of the course
To promote high quality learning that meets the demands of the construction industry.
Having successfully completed this course, you could progress to Level 2 Building Maintenance, for example, or another construction qualification, including an apprenticeship.
The course is 20% theory (classroom based) and 80% practical (workshop based), plus a minimum of one week's work experience.
What can I earn as a construction worker? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified construction worker you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression and a good salary in your sights.
- Bricklayers start on around £17,000 a year and can earn £27,000 with 3-5 years' experience
- Plumbers start on around £18,000 a year and can earn £30,000 with 3-5 years' experience
- Construction supervisors start on around £24,000 a year and can earn £35,000 with 3-4 years' experience