Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Brickwork – Core

Brickwork – Core

Close up of gloved hand laying brick on wet cement.

City & Guilds Level 2 Core in Construction and Building Services Engineering (8042-02)

Interested in a “hands on” career in the Construction Industry? Learn the principles, knowledge and practical skills to understand the trade specific terminology used within brick, block and stone occupations.


SKU: 1505F7311
ID: 52240

Fees are per academic year, subject to change


Pay a deposit of £187.50 per item

Is this course right for me?

For learners of all ages, this one year part-time course is designed for those seeking to acquire a trade. The flexible day release schedule makes it suitable for learners newly employed in construction  or those in search of a career change.

Every construction learner in Wales wishing to embark further courses in a construction trade will complete this qualification. The six core units are also part of every construction apprenticeship, so if learners progress to an apprenticeship after this they will already have completed a substantial part of the required learning.

This course normally runs one day per week, for 34 weeks, starting in September.

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Each application is considered on individual merit

Acquire knowledge through a variety of tasks conducted in our  ‘live’ workshop setting. These tasks will be reinforced with hands-on demonstrations designed to develop awareness of the need for safe working practices, mastering basic tool skills, and achieving precise measurements. These essential skills collectively contribute to the development of  competency as a skilled craftsperson.

Subject specific unit to be studied:

  • Working with brick, block and stone – Learners will learn how to select, store, and prepare materials for laying bricks, blocks and stone and will develop practical skills to allow them to mix materials, handle, store and stack materials ready for use. The learner will develop the skills required to lay bricks, blocks, and stone to a line and develop skills to gauge, level and plumb the work.

This qualification enables learners to begin to develop their:

  • Understanding of the buildings and structures that constitute the built environment and how they change, and have changed, over time
  • Understanding of the trades, roles and careers in the construction and built environment sector
  • Understanding of the life cycle of buildings and structures in the built environment and the associated principles and processes at each stage
  • Understanding of social, economic and environmental sustainability as appropriate to construction and the built environment
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies
  • Employability skills and their understanding of how these are relevant to, and important in, the workplace in the construction and built environment sector
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the principles of working in ways which protect health, safety, well-being and the environment
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding required in planning, performing and evaluating common practical tasks in chosen trade

Core units to be studied include:

  • Introduction to the built environment
  • Introduction to the trades in the construction and built environment sector
  • Introduction to the built environment life cycle
  • Employability
  • Protecting health, safety and the environment
  • Introduction to emerging technologies

If you do not currently hold qualifications in GCSE Maths and English, you may be required to undertake the following:

  • Essential Skills Wales (ESW) – Communication Skills
  • Essential Skills Wales (ESW) – Application of Number Skills

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Online examination
  • If taken as an apprenticeship then reviews with your assessor and employer will take place every 1-2 months and you will be expected to have developed your skills and knowledge between each review

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Clothing, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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