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C&G Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

Successful completion will allow you to move onto a main stream level 1 course in the specialist trade you desire.

Overview of the course: 

The main focus of the programme is to develop practical tool skills and enhance basic underpinning knowledge of relevant industrial processes and techniques. These will be delivered in a workshop environment for practical sessions and classroom based for theory sessions. Also incorporated into the study programme will be Functional Skills (Maths & English), Tutorial, Work Experience, Academic Tutorial and relevant trips & guest visits.

Entry requirements: 

A general interest in construction, to be working at Entry Level 3 for both Maths and English.


The qualification consists of 1 core and 10 'trade specific' units:

• Introduction to health and safety in construction

• Tiling a plain wall

• Construction half brick walling

• Preparing background surfaces and applying render

• Tiling floor

• Construct block walling

• Construct cavity walls

• Construct brick walling

How is the course assessed?: 

The programme is assessed by practical test pieces for each unit.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful completion will allow progression onto a Level 1 programme in a specialist trade of your choice the following academic year.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, full time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19+ years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

Learners under 25 years old with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan will not pay fees.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
City & Guilds Group Bursaries are available to learners starting or completing a City & Guilds or ILM qualification, starting courses on or after 1st September 2017.

To qualify learners need to be able to
- Demonstrate genuine financial need that would otherwise prevent them from completing their chosen qualification
- Be over 19 years old
- Be a UK resident.

Bursaries range from £200 to £10,000 and can cover any costs that arise as a result of the learner undertaking a City & Guilds or ILM qualification.

This can include
- Course fees
- Travel Expenses
- Materials/ Tools/ Books
- Childcare
- *Living Costs

To apply, visit
Learners need to initially register online (this takes around 30 seconds). Once they have registered, they then get access to the full online application.

*Please note Living Costs are rarely supported and only considered in extreme circumstances.

Closing date - Monday, 12 June 2017, 10am

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

We regularly ask our students how we are doing at East Durham College, we have three student surveys every year. Here’s what our students said about this course in the 2014/15 induction survey;

•100% of students on the course said they felt welcome on their first day at college
•100% of students on the course said that the teaching on this course is good
•100% of students on the course said that they feel safe and secure at college
•100% of students on the course said that they are treated with respect
•100% of students on the course said that they would recommend the course to others
•100% of students on the course said that they would recommend East Durham College to others

Other comments by students on this course are;

‘Overall I am satisfied with the course, and the standard of teaching is excellent’

‘This course was by far the right course for me, I am enjoying working with the staff and other peers, I would 100% recommend this course to others’

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How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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