A warm welcome from Yvonne Kelly

Acting Principal & CEO at Barking & Dagenham College

If you share our passion for success then you are in the right place, and in good company. Every year 12,500 students of all ages choose us because they want to succeed.
They want the highest quality technical and professional training that will get them into university, straight into work, or will help take their career to the next level.  
They want to benefit from industry-standard facilities that are among the best in London.
They want award-winning support that’s been described by the government’s inspectors (Ofsted) as “outstanding”.
They want to benefit from our close links with employers. From the real work experience that will help their CV stand out from the crowd, to the insider know-how that helps launch careers.
Success isn’t about age, or about the level of study you start at. It is all about attitude, hard work, and commitment to achieving your goal. 
If you are passionate about success, we look forward to welcoming you to Barking & Dagenham College. 

What will I learn?
Passed your Diploma in Bricklaying at Level 1? EXCELLENT - well done! 

In Year 2 we will continue to give you the tools to become a good bricklayer. 

Good bricklayers make good money. There is a saying - "a good bricklayer is never out of work". Bricklayers build new houses and repair old ones. 

As a trained bricklayer you could work on housing sites, city developments, domestic extensions and conservatories, new work, conversions or repairs. You might want the security of site work or possibly branch out on your own, become self employed and start your own business. 

On the second year of the Diploma course, along with further developing your practical skills we will expand on many of the subjects from the first year which included: 

* brickwork, blockwork, brick bonds 
* how to read building drawings 
* technical drawing 
* foundations 
* calculating materials 
* estimating 
* communications in construction 

In addition to the above you will learn about; 

* cavity wall construction 
* thin joint blockwork 
* timber frame housing.
How will I be taught?
The practical work is carried out in purpose built workshops. 
The academic work takes place in well-equipped classrooms. 

At Barking & Dagenham College we pride ourselves on having the best facilities available.
How will I be assessed?
There are continuous practical assessments, a number of unit assessments and an end of year online exam.
What qualifications do I need to qualify for this course?
You must have passed the CSkills Bricklaying Diploma Level 1.
What can I do after this course?
You can move on to the City & Guilds Diploma in Brickwork at Level 3, which we also offer. 

Whilst the Diploma is the training qualification you get at College, to work as a professional bricklayer (either in the UK or overseas) you will also need an NVQ. You can only do your NVQ in the workplace, where you are assessed on your skills whilst doing the job. 

Over 50% of our Level 1 Bricklaying students in year 2013/14, have secured apprenticeships, thanks to our excellent links to industry.

How to apply & enrol

Step 1: Choose a course
To choose the course that’s right for you, you have a number of options.
  1. Search this site and read about the hundreds of courses on offer. You can also apply online too.
  2. Open Events are held throughout the year, just follow this link for all the dates and times. And don't forget to pick up our latest prospectus when you visit.
  3. Get in touch with our Course Information Team who are based at our main Rush Green Campus. You can:
Step 2: Time to Apply
You can apply online here on this site. Please do apply as soon as you can, and ideally before 31 May, as many courses are in high demand.
When you have selected your course, click the ‘Apply’ button to be guided through the application process.
If you have any problems with the application process, or you would like a hard copy of the form please call 020 3667 0294.
If you are applying for a Higher Education course you may need to apply through UCAS.Take a look at our Higher Education section by following this link.
our Careers Advisers on 020 3667 0047 / 020 3667 0127 or use our online 
Step 3: Time to Attend
You should hear from us within two weeks following your application and for all full-time, and some part-time courses, we will invite you to come in for an interview or informal meeting. 
You may also be asked to sit an initial assessment. This is nothing to worry about as it just helps us to understand how much support you may need in English and Maths. If you are a young adult aged 16 - 18 you will not be asked to sit an initial assessment.
For some courses you may be asked to bring in examples of your work.
Please be ready to talk to us about your previous experience, qualifications (if known), knowledge and skills.
If you could make every effort to attend we would be grateful as interview slots are in high demand. If you are unable to make your interview please do let us know so that we can offer your time-slot to another applicant.
Step 4: Time to Succeed
If your interview, assessment or informal chat went well, we will offer you a place.
Your offer will be either:
Unconditional: this guarantees you a place. All you need to do is complete your enrolment over the summer.
Conditional: You must meet one or more of the following criteria
  • A satisfactory reference
  • Exam results
  • Work placement
  • CRB or DBS clearance or other
Step 5: Time to Enrol
Whether you have a conditional or unconditional offer, you will still need to come in and enrol in person to secure your place.
You will be sent a letter telling you the date and time of your enrolment.
When you come in to enrol, you will need to bring the following documents with you:
  • EU Citizens: Your passport, birth certificate or driving licence
  • Non EU Citizens: Your visa or Home Office documentation that confirms your current status
  • Your National Insurance Number (if you have one)
  • Your exam results – results slip or certificate
  • Cash, debit/credit card, or cheque to pay your course fees (if applicable)
  • Evidence of any benefits you receive (if applicable)

This is the start of your new life as a student at an award-winning college