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What's Involved

The City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills provides you with an excellent initiation into the world of construction in order to enable you to decide whether this is a sector within which you feel you wish to work in the future.

There is an emphasis on you gaining practical skills. The qualification also promotes the development of wider employment skills, emphasising the importance of appropriate conduct and dress within a work area, customer service, customer care and safe working practices.

The aims of the qualification are: • To encourage the development of generic employability skills; • To promote the gaining of work-related skills within construction; • To prepare you for further training within construction.

These qualifications provide the ideal introduction to the construction industry and cover essential skills in the following construction trades: bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, construction operations, wall and floor tiling, electrical and plumbing.

Entry Requirements

No recommended prior learning or experience is required. This qualification is aimed at people aged 14+ who have an interest in following a career within the construction industry and want to explore whether this career pathway would be appropriate for them.

Where will it take me?

You can progress into employment or further training in specific trade areas such as Level 2 Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying), Carpentry, Painting & Decorating or BTEC construction courses.

Course Assessment Method

All units are internally assessed after you have built up a portfolio of evidence that covers the relevant assessment criteria, internally assessed and verified by the centre and then externally verified by City & Guilds.

The phases cover the following trade areas:

  • Phase 1: Generic Units, Bricklaying, Joinery;
  • Phase 2: Wall & Floor Tiling, Construction, Operations, Painting & Decorating;
  • Phase 3: Carpentry;
  • Phase 4: Plastering, Plumbing, Electrical.


If you do not hold a GCSE level 4/C in English and maths, you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in these subjects (16-18 year olds only).

Where and When


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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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