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Construction Multi-Skills Entry 3

  • Overview of the course

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    If you are considering a career in the dynamic and vibrant Construction Industry but unsure of what construction trade / pathway you'd like to follow, then this City & Guilds, Entry Level Extended Certificate course may just be what you are looking for. Delivered in our state of the art, highly resourced, spacious, safe workshops and learning environments, our highly experienced and fully qualified enthusiastic, knowledgeable tutors are there to provide you with the knowledge, skills and training you require to help you make a more informed choice on the trade / pathway you may want to pursue. This course has been designed to cover the basic skills and techniques associated with Plastering, Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery and Painting & Decorating. If you are on this course, you will spend approximately eight weeks in each of the four curriculum areas mentioned above. Learners will learn new skills and techniques from our specialist tutors and then after eight weeks move onto the next trade area. At the end of this thirty six week course, you will have been provided with the basic skills and knowledge required to make for a more informed choice on which career pathway you want to pursue the following year. If you enjoy predominantly working outdoors on many various projects then this could be your platform to success in this industry.
  • What you'll learn

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    This Entry Level course will give you the basic skills and knowledge in the four areas of Plastering, Brickwork, Carpentry & Joinery and Painting & Decorating. Whilst in Plastering you will learn how to prepare background surfaces and apply render and finishing coats. You will learn how to mix Plaster and apply finishing coats and floating coats. Whilst undertaking the Brickwork segment of this course you will learn how to construct half brick walls, to lay blocks and how to build corners competently in various brickwork bonds. As the course progresses into Carpentry & Joinery our tutors will teach you how to accurately mark out, saw and chisel safely to form halving joints, housing joints and mortice and tenon joints. Finally in the last part of this construction carousel you will learn from our Painting tutors how to prepare background surfaces, and professionally paint and hang various wall coverings to a variety of different surfaces. You will also learn about the wider Construction Industry which includes progression routes, other roles and how the construction and build environment sector works together.
  • Entry requirements

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    To start this Study Programme applicants should ideally but not essential possess a good level of English and maths at GCSE. You should also be able to demonstrate at interview your enthusiasm and dedication to become part of the Construction Industry, have excellent punctuality, be willing and motivated to attend regularly to all sessions. You will be provided with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment whilst undertaking practical activities, however you will be required to provide and wear your own safety footwear in all practical workshop activities. For your theory sessions you should be fully equipped with the required stationary (pens, pencils, note pad, ruler etc.) to capture notes for your revision purposes.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Assessment will be undertaken by the completion of various practical tasks which will be linked to the vocational area in which you are studying in. i.e. whilst in Brickwork you will be required to construct a wall from a drawing and your tutor will assess your work against a set of skills which match the standard of work expected in industry. You will be presented with similar tasks as you progress through the four distinct career pathways.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    As part of this Study Programme you will undertake an initial diagnostic assessment to identify any potential support needs to help you achieve this course. It is an expectation that you will attend GCSE English and maths sessions if you are not already in possession of a Grade four or above in English and maths. To enable us to prepare you for the world of work you will attend a learning and development tutorial session that will help your employability, citizenship, personal welfare and development. During this Study Programme we will arrange for you to undertake a one week purposeful work experience placement with a local construction employer.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Use the yellow 'enrol' button to request to join this course.
    Please note: if you enrol without meeting the course entry requirements your place may be cancelled and a refund provided.
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £725.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    On successful completion of this course, you should be in a far better and more informed position to choose correctly your next steps. You may have really enjoyed one of the four vocational pathways during this course and we would encourage you to pursue this on one of our Level one courses which we offer in all the four courses you will have sampled whilst on this course. You may even gain a sponsorship from an employer who is willing to take you on as an Apprentice so you learn and attend college 1 day per week in paid employment whilst working alongside your employer for the remainder of the week.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


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    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    18:00 - 21:00
    6.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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