This course is suitable if you want to progress into a career within the construction industry as a General Operative, or to progress on to the various craft courses delivered by the College. It will prepare you for employment and look at core work skills required.
It allows candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for a number of disciplines and It covers a number of skills which includes health & safety, construction principles, practical assessments in each area and the theory/underpinning knowledge delivered in a practical context.
The qualifications cover a range of hand-skills, practical tasks and theory lessons consisting of a combination of the following:
Bricklaying – Including construction of brick and block walling
Carpentry & Joinery – using various tools and equipment to construct joints, fix architraves & skirtings and fit locks and latches
Painting & Decorating – applying paint and wallpaper and creating decorative effects.
The study programme consists of a vocational diploma, Maths and English, work experience and essential digital skills.
You do not need to have any previous qualifications although all applicants will need to have an interview and an initial assessment to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
You will also need stationary, overalls and safety boots.
Assessment is with unit tests and continually assessed coursework. Students also meet regularly with tutors to help plan studies and to discuss progress.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2
If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, your course may be free, depending on your circumstances. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
Students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to progress into employment in the construction industry. You may also have the option to transfer to an apprenticeship or progress onto level 1/2 Diploma in the following trade areas:
Opportunities also exist of learners moving into the new developing area of sustainability with courses such as External Wall Insulation.