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“It is good for the soul to create with our hands”, and this is probably why some trade workers, including those working in construction, plumbing and electricity, are some of the happiest in the UK according to a new survey.

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Ben Dixon | Level 1 Multi-Skills

I really enjoy the trade experience and knowledge I am getting, which will help me in the future. My tutor has helped me out a lot and makes it easy for us to understand. I have had a trial for an electrical apprenticeship and have secured an offer for a full-time apprenticeship next year with LB Joinery.

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Course Overview

These qualifications are for those wishing to gain some understanding and some practical experience of the variety of trades in the Construction industry. This course will offer you an excellent foundation in a variety of general construction subjects, such as carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrical and brickwork. You will cover the theory behind trades as well as practical skills. Following successful completion of the course and subject to entry requirements, you should be able to progress and specialise in the trade of your choice on a course at a higher level.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This qualification is a stepping stone for learners who are interested in the construction industry and who wish to gain a broader view of the different trade areas. The course will enable you to develop practical skills in carpentry and joinery, brickwork, bending copper pipe and jointing, plastic tube and fittings, steel pipe and fittings, a range of hand and power tools including how to prepare use and maintain them.

You will also develop knowledge skills in: health and safety in the workplace, construction technology, estimating and finding quantities and communicating with others.

This qualification is assessed through the building of a photographic portfolio of practical work that you have undertaken and completed.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, although a passion and basic understanding of the construction sector would be beneficial.

After Your Course

This qualification meets the needs of the learners who work or would like to work in the construction industry. It allows learners to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment or career progression in the construction sector.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700