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Schools 14-16 - Entry 3/Level 1 Basic Construction Skills

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Level: 1

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered over two years, in years 10 and 11; this qualification has been developed by City & Guilds (the Awarding Body) for candidates wishing to gain some understanding and practical experience of the variety of trades in the Construction Industry.

The qualification has 5 units across 4 trade areas:

  • Brickwork
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Painting
  • Plastering.

Entry requirements

An interest in the Construction industry and an interview.

Course Content

The qualification covers the following practical construction skills:

Basic health & safety, tool and hand-skills in carpentry & joinery, painting, brickwork and plastering.

  • Constructing timber halving joints.
  • Constructing timber housing joints.
  • Constructing half-brick thick walling.
  • Various techniques in painting & decorating.
  • Preparing backgrounds and applying render coats.

Students that complete units early will be given the opportunity to undertake extension work in that trade area in the form of more challenging level 1 units.

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification, learners must successfully complete the following unit assessments:

  • Unit 001: Halving Joints - internally assessed.
  • Unit 002: Housing Joints - internally assessed.
  • Unit 003: Painting Techniques - internally assessed.
  • Unit 005: Half-Brick Walls - internally assessed.
  • Unit 008: Rendering - internally assessed.

For every unit there is a formal assessment and each assessment contains a practical task and, in some cases, a second task in the form of some knowledge questions.

Learners who complete any 3 units will receive the E3 Award. All 5 units must be completed to receive the E3 Certificate.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots. (NB. overalls must be purchased through Derby College).

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress on to further study, such as:

  • Level 1 or 2 Diploma in a specific vocational trade area, such as Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Plumbing.
  • An Apprenticeship Programme at level 2.

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Construction industry, including electrician, painter and decorator, bricklayer, maintenance operative, project manager and quantity surveyor.


This course is run at the Hudson Building

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Lewis Cottle

Lewis Cottle

Lewis says apprenticeship is "setting me up for life"

Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life".

Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team.

Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college. He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades.

Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on.

Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance. He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days.

Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."

At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.

I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.

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