Construction Level 1 Extended Certificate

An informative, in-depth and hands-on introduction to the various trades and careers in the construction industry.

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  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Guildford College

  • Pathway


Thinking about a career in construction but not sure where to start? Or are you looking to learn a trade and not sure which direction to take?

On this practical and hands-on course, you will practice your new, multi-trade skills, overseen by our experienced and supportive staff.

You can potentially progress onto the Construction Level 2 programme, another vocational study programme, or apprenticeship within your chosen trade.

All 16–19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and maths—or to undertake Functional Skills—if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade 4 (C) in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.

This course is an excellent start to a career in the construction industry as it will give you an in-depth understanding of what is required of each trade and give you an insight to the various career paths within this lucrative industry.

You will get the opportunity to develop skills from a range of different areas, such as:

  • wood working
  • plastering
  • painting and decorating
  • bricklaying
  • wall and floor tiling
  • …and more!

You will also learn about core subject areas, such as health and safety, and working and communicating effectively in the construction trades.

In addition, you will develop skills in joinery, fit architrave and skirting, fit ironmongery to an internal door, use plaster materials to produce moulds, plaster a ceiling walls and corners, apply paint to substrates, apply wallpapers to substrates, prepare substrates for painting and decorating, and you’ll build a block wall brick wall and cavity wall.

Teaching methods include:

  • tutor demonstration 
  • individual guidance, support, and feedback
  • hands-on experience and experimentation
  • formal instruction 
  • open and friendly guided discussion

Upon successful completion of this course, you could progress to Level 2 studies in Carpentry, Bricklaying, Plumbing, Electrical, or begin an apprenticeship.

You will be required to purchase the correct overalls, boots and PPE.

There are no formal entry requirements. However, you will need to have an interest in the construction industry and be prepared to undertake an entry assessment during your interview.

Entry decisions will be discretionary at interview. You will continually be assessed through probation period to ensure you are capable of completing the course successfully.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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  • 79+

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