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York College

Entry Requirements

You should be interested in the Construction industry and/or developing some home DIY skills.

  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Outstanding commitment & enthusiasm
  • Outstanding Attendance & Punctuality

Dates and Times

19th September 2017 - 4th July 2018

Time: 18.00pm - 21.00pm

Day: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Course Content

This course is suitable if you want to gain some basic knowledge of the construction industry as either a general operative or to progress on to the various craft courses delivered by the College. This course will give you a taste of various aspects of the Construction Industry.

The qualifications cover a range of hand-skills, practical tasks and theory lessons consisting of a combination of the following:


  • Constructing block walling
  • Constructing half brick return corners
  • Constructing cavity walls in brickwork and block work
  • Constructing one brick walling

Carpentry and Joinery

  • Health and safety in construction
  • Constructing through mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing angled halving joints
  • Constructing bridle joints
  • Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints
  • Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints
  • Fixing architraves and skirtings
  • Constructing and fixing hatch linings
  • Fitting locks and latches


  • Preparing background surfaces and applying render coats
  • Preparing background surfaces and applying finishing coats
  • Mixing materials and applying floating coats
  • Producing components from moulds

Painting and Decorating

  • Painting techniques
  • Painting and wallpapering
  • Applying decorative effects
  • Applying wallpaper to internal and external angles and painting skirting
  • Painting a panel door

Exams and Assessment

Practical and Theory work will be assessed in line with awarding body requirements.


On successful completion of this course students can progress onto a Level 1/2 Diploma in the following trade areas:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Plastering
  • Painting & Decorating

Course Fees 


Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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