Level 3

Course Level

Level 3


1 year FT




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Department of Sustainable Construction

Progress onto next level construction courses and apprenticeships

217,000 new construction workers needed in the UK by 2025*

*CITB, 2021

Have you got a passion for laying bricks and working in construction? Want to turn this passion into a full-time career? The UK construction industry needs skilled new workers to support major development and regeneration projects throughout the country. By studying our Bricklaying Level 3 course, you will build on the skills and knowledge gained in your Level 2 course. 

This course will develop further your bricklaying skills enabling you to develop practical skills for creating and maintaining everything from walls, chimneys and fireplaces to floors, roofs, foundations and other structures. You will also study core themes within construction such as modern sustainable construction methods and green technology, health and safety, interpreting drawings and checking resources. You will also continue to develop your English and maths skills alongside your bricklayer training, as well as building general employability skills such as communication and teamwork to boost your career progression.

To support your practical training, you will study in state-of-the-art facilities at our purpose-built Sustainable Construction Skills Centre on campus. On completing the Level 3 Bricklaying course, you will be able to progress onto further construction courses, apprenticeships and careers in this field.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Build foundation skills and knowledge in bricklaying and construction, as well as other key skills including maths and English to get you work-ready
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Get hands-on training using innovative facilities in our state-of-the-art Sustainable Construction Skills Centre
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Gain a recognised Level 3 qualification to enable your progression onto further courses, apprenticeships or into industry
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Our facilities

Students on our construction and engineering courses will learn in brand new real-world training environments at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Sustainable Construction Skills Centre at the iconic James Cond Building offers state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed to develop skills that support employers and their supply chains, along with further facilities at Camden House. These include:

  • Training rigs
  • Glulam workshops
  • Modular building workshop
  • Bench joinery workshops
  • Bricklaying workshops
  • Electrical workshops
  • Plumbing workshops
  • BIM labs
  • CAD studios
  • Enhanced IT facilities

Sustainable Construction Skills Centre

Our new Sustainable Construction Skills Centre holds workshops for our construction, plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying and electrical installation students.

Camden House

Camden House is our bespoke STEM education and training facility, where construction students learn CAD software, mechanics and fluids.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

  • Health, safety and welfare construction
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Building solid walling, isolated and attached piers
  • Interpreting working drawings to set out masonry structures
  • Construct cavity walling forming masonry structures

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Tilbury Douglas is delighted to be working in partnership with University College Birmingham on the development of the new sustainable construction courses. As an employer, it is vital that our employees can access robust, fit-for-purpose qualifications that will address the skills shortage and provide our future and existing workforce with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to demonstrate competency in their roles. We are passionate about recruiting and developing our own talent for the future, while ensuring we remain committed to sustainably delivering vital infrastructure to communities across the UK. This collaboration will help us to achieve this.

Tilbury Douglas

Entry requirements

Our lecturers are looking for students who are enthusiastic and passionate about construction and specifically bricklaying, together with a keen determination to succeed in the sector, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below. 

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English (Language or Literature) and Maths, or equivalent and a completion of Level 2 Bricklaying.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
  • If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of externally-assessed exams, projects and practical assessments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £50, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.) This will include steel toe cap boots and old clothes suitable for site construction work.

You may be eligible for the Learner Support Fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page.

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.


Average Salary: £50,000

Cladding installer

Average Salary: £50,000

Site civils operative

Average Salary: £32,000


Average Salary: £40,000

Site manager

Average Salary: £45,000


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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