Why Bricklaying?

If you want a career in the brickwork trade then this apprenticeship is for you. The Trowel Occupations Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a bricklayer in the construction industry. You will be working in a construction environment where your duties could encompass many areas of brickwork such as place and finish, none specialist concrete, set out and erect masonry structures and efficient work practices.

Qualification and Level

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Trowel Occupations.

Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Level although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

What will be studied

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

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Mandatory College Based Units:

Optional Units include:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

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Optional Units include:

Additional Study

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

In addition, for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you will have a minimum of 3 GCSE’s at grade D or above to include English and Maths. Completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) is required prior to starting the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on block release (approximately one week per month) and work for their employer the rest of the time.

How is the qualification assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests. The Diploma is assessed using both practical and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.


The Intermediate Apprenticeship takes two years to complete.

The Advanced Apprenticeship takes one year to complete.

What next?

Many learners progress from an Intermediate Apprenticeship to Advanced Apprenticeship. There is then the opportunity to progress to higher-level courses such as the National Certificate or National Diploma in Construction.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.