Construction & Building Trades

Bricklayer - Level 2

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An Apprenticeship standard designed by employers for employers


Construction and Building Trades

Who is it for?

This Apprenticeship is for recent entrants to the sector, as well as existing employees, to progress in their career in bricklaying. Apprentices will join cohorts based at The Sheffield College City Campus to develop the practical skills and technical knowledge required to work in the Construction Industry as a bricklayer.

Start date

The standard starting month for this Apprenticeship is September.


Level 2


The typical completion time for this Apprenticeship is likely to be 24-30 months. This may reduce if an Apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills.

How does it work?

80% of training will take place with the Apprentices employer alongside one day a week in college for practical and theory work.


As part of their Apprenticeship, Apprentices will work towards completing the following units:

Level 2 Extended Diploma Units

There are 9 mandatory units in the Diploma:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building: Construction, Information and Communication
  • Contributing to Setting Out and Building of Masonry Structures (Up to Damp Proof Course)
  • Carrying out Blocklaying Activities
  • Carrying out Bricklaying Activities
  • Carrying out Cavity Walling Activities
  • Building Solid Walling, Isolated and Attached Piers
  • Interpreting Working Drawings to Set Out Masonry Structures
  • Constructing Cavity Wall Forming Masonry Structures

An elective unit in Producing Thin Joint Masonry and Masonry Cladding can also be taken in addition to the above to reflect specific job role.

Level 2 NVQ Units

You will complete 5 mandatory units:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
  • Erecting Masonry Structures in the Workplace
  • Setting Out Masonry Structures in the Workplace

Plus 1 optional unit, determined by the type of work you carry out on site.


The Diploma is assessed through unit theory tests and practical end tests carried out in the college workshop.

For the NVQ, assessment involves building a portfolio of evidence gathered in the workplace which demonstrates that Apprentices cover the range of skills required for their qualification. In addition, Apprentices will be expected to complete initial assessments in English and Maths to ensure they are working at a suitable level in these subjects.


Level 2 Apprenticeship in Bricklaying.


The Apprenticeship will be reviewed after a maximum of 3 years.