Bricklaying and Plastering - Foundation in Construction and the Built Environment

L2 Level 2
Full Time
5 September 2022 — 14 July 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Foundation in Construction and the Built Environment provides a broad introduction to construction and the built environment. It has been developed for individuals intending to work, in the sectors.
It is aimed at learners in work-based learning, further education, and school 6th forms. This qualification will enable learners to go on to study a range of other construction and BSE courses relevant to their trade interest area.

What you will study

All learners will complete core units which supports learners to develop an introductory knowledge and understanding of:

  • an introduction to the construction and built environment sectors
  • the built environment life cycle, the job roles within it, and the dependencies between people performing those roles
  • how to promote and sustain health and safety for oneself and others; and
  • employability skills relevant to future work.

In addition to these ‘core’ units, learners will study two trade pathways and spend time learning skills which will include planning, performing, and evaluating common tasks.

Brickwork: This part of the course will show you how to select, store, and prepare materials for laying bricks, blocks and stone and will develop practical skills to allow you to mix materials, handle, store and stack materials ready for use. You will develop the skills required to lay bricks, blocks, and stone to a line and develop skills to gauge, level and plumb the work.

Plastering: This part of the course will show you how to practice and develop key skills in different aspects of the plastering trade. You will use different tools, equipment, and resources to prepare surfaces and gain practical experience in installing components such as plasterboards and beads, mixing materials such as sand and cement, and applying traditional and modern plastering systems.

You will study in our dedicated construction centres and facilities. These include classrooms for theory and huge trade-specific workshops where you develop your practical skills each week using industry standard tools and equipment.

Your course assessment comprises of set assignments that are used to gauge your skills development and end of year assessment, including practical skills tests and online exams.

Additionally learners are required to have their own safety boots before starting the course. The boots can be bought from any retailer.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

Applicants would benefit from achieving 3 GCSEs Grades A* - C. Alternatively completed a construction multi skills course.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

5 September 2022

End date

14 July 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

17.25 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



City & Guilds Foundation in Construction and Building Services Engineering (Level 2)


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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