Level 1 General Construction

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Construction

In 2017 97% of our construction students achieved their qualification

This course provides the ideal introduction to the Construction industry, allowing students to learn, develop and practice skills in the following construction trades: bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, and plumbing.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: A full-time 1 year course, running over 3 and half days per week.
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.

Your future

Learners may wish to progress onto a higher level course, an apprenticeship, or into employment.

Entry requirements

1 GCSE at Grade E or above or grade 2-9 in English, Interview and Initial Assessment at Interview.

About the course

BMC Construction programmes have been designed to meet the present and future needs of the construction industry whilst preparing students for employment.

Students will earn an industry-recognised qualification which will support them into employment and as they progress through their careers.

The course covers introductions to Bricklaying, Plumbing, Site Carpentry, Bench Joinery and Painting and Decorating.

Why choose BMC?

The Foundation courses at our Brooksby campus specialise in Land-based studies, which include agriculture, small animal care, horticulture, estate skills and equine studies, alongside employability and functional skills qualifications.

Our courses have a practical focus, with much time being spent outdoors on the College’s 850 acre estate, which features a farm, formal gardens and stables.

These courses offer a fantastic level of support, so you will have everything you need both in and outside of classes. Our specialist staff will be there to help you progress to the next stage and gain more confidence and independence.

The BMC Foundation tutors are highly experienced in dealing with support needs, learning difficulties and disabilities, and the small class sizes help with your transition to life at BMC.


  • Plumbing
  • Joinery
  • Brickwork
  • Health and Safety
  • Introduction to the Construction Industry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering

Leicester Tigers Rugby Pathway

If you are a keen rugby player you will have the opportunity to train with Leicester Tigers community coaches throughout your course.

If you are interested in pursuing this pathway alongside your qualification, please make this clear in your personal statement.

English and Maths

English and Maths are very important for you during your studies and beyond. The Government has introduced new standards which mean that employers will looking for these skills when you enter the workplace. BMC is committed to ensuring that our students leave us with everything they need to reach their goals and meet the expectations of the industry.

If you are under 19 and narrowly miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course (by one grade), don’t worry – BMC can offer you a suitable course at another level and you can take GCSE English or Maths alongside it (daytime and evening options available). Learners will not be expected to take both GCSE English and GCSE Maths in the same year.

If you are under 19 and miss the English and/or Maths entry requirements of your course by more than one grade, BMC offers Functional Skills, an effective method to improve literacy and numeracy, for up to two hours per week.

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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