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Level 2 Apprenticeship in Brickwork


Course Overview

A bricklayer is a crafts-person who provides skills on site, like building brickwork and block-work, to help construct buildings and other structures. The Brickwork apprenticeship will give you a combination of qualifications and the skills and knowledge you'll need to work as a bricklayer in the construction industry.

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes; you will earn a wage whilst learning a trade. It combines hands-on learning at work with studying at college to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Course Content

An apprenticeship qualification includes several elements and you will need to pass all elements to gain your apprenticeship.

Course components include:

  • Level 2 Construction Diploma
  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Brickwork
  • Employment rights and responsibilities
  • Functional Skills.


During the course you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Safe working practices in construction
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Thin joint masonry and masonry cladding
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Building cavity walling forming masonry structures
  • Wider construction training
  • Employment rights and responsibilities


The NVQ in Brickwork is made up of mandatory and optional units.
Mandatory units are: 
• conform to general workspace safety 
• conform to efficient work practices 
• move and handle resources 
• erect masonry structures
• set out masonry structures. 

Optional units are (one required): 
• erect masonry cladding 
• domestic drainage 
• erect thin joint masonry structures 
• place and finish non-specialist concrete 
• plastered and rendered work
• maintain slate and tile roofing.

Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day on the job. This experience is supported by theoretical knowledge gained at college in both classroom and workshop based sessions/assessments. You will attend college one day per week. You are assessed in the workplace by a qualified and trade competent assessor who will help support you in achieving your qualification.

Entry Requirement

4 GCSEs at grade D or above (preferably to include English and maths).

You must also be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job role and have a keen interest in brickwork.


You will be assessed in a number of different ways including:

  • Portfolio of work
  • Exams
  • Online assessments
  • Practical assessments
  • Attendance

Where does this course lead to

This Apprenticeship will train you in the skills that employers want, so you will be qualified to work as a bricklayer.

You could also progress to the level 3 Brickwork course.

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Course Outline

Course Code: YP09
Study Mode: Apprenticeship
Duration: 2 Years
Start Date: TBC.
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