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Bricklaying Courses

6 week NVQ 2 / City & Guilds Bricklaying Course

Our most popular course, the best course to start a career in bricklaying, you will learn the skills and knowledge required to start your career as a bricklayer, whilst getting both the most recognised bricklaying qualifications, this allows you to work anywhere including site work and gain your blue CSCS card.

4.9 All Levels Over 8,000 enrolled

£2375 Ex VAT
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Mon - Fri 08:15 - 16:00

Beginners / DIY / Add-on Trade

  • This Course includes the following:
  • 2 hours of purpose made training films 
  • Goldtrowel Training Certificate
  • 83 page illustrated training manual
  • Lifetime telephone support

Course Description

Goldtrowel will teach you all the practical bricklaying skills required to successfully build masonry structures safely, the more it is practiced the better and more consistent you will get, during your 30 day bricklaying course with us you will learn all the core skills and knowledge to start a career in bricklaying, towards the end of your course you will build a series of bricklaying tasks working from drawings and specifications, these will be assessed by your trainer / assessor, from which you will be awarded your City & Guilds Bricklaying Certificate, to compliment this you will start your Bricklaying Level 2 NVQ by attending an induction where your assessor will guide you through your NVQ in Bricklaying, this will be assessed once you start working, all costs are inclusive.

Ring to book now with a deposit payment of £833.33 + VAT (£1000)

What you can expect to learn from this Bricklaying Course

  • Understanding footings and foundations
  • Setting out masonry structures inc cavity walls
  • Learn brick bond types and usage
  • Pricing and quantifying jobs
  • Build and understand building corners
  • Build and understand building piers
  • Mixing mortars and additives
  • Lay mortar beds for bricks and blocks 
  • Understand brick / block types and uses
  • Lay and understand DPC's
  • Types of jointing and finishing
  • Plumb, level and range

During training please feel free to ask any questions you have, we actually welcome your questions, and remember there is no such thing as a `stupid` question! your training will not be rushed, we know exactly how to get every individual to their best, you will be working in large open area's both inside and outside (weather permitting) so that you learn how the environment conditions affect your bricklaying, the bricks, blocks and other materials are of the same standard found in everyday construction builds.

Pre-course Study Guide and After Care Support

Before starting your course you will have access to our unique Goldtrowelpurpose made full colour illustrated training manual which you can download or print.Upon completion of your course you can call our helpful and friendly staff if ever you need advice or guidance on any matter. Goldtrowel also offer and can supply plastering tools and equipment, ensuring you don`t waste time and money on inferior tools, this package is unique to Goldtrowel students.

NVQ Level 2 and City & Guilds Bricklaying Course - Content Breakdown


  •      Introduction to and the use of tools
  •      Gauging & mixing mortars
  •      Loading & setting out the site with materials
  •      Trowel techniques and laying the bed joint
  •      Buttering brick joints
  •      Building corners plumb and level
  •      Laying to the line & various pointing techniques.

Each technique is demonstrated before you  proceed with your first practical exercise. With this day over you would have built a single skin brick wall in Stretcher Bond with returns and piers. Correct footings for walls are also discussed.


A demonstration of various brickwork bonds proceeds your practical exercise for today which will be to build a double skinned wall with a pier and a return.   

We cover English Bond, Flemish Bond and a variety of Garden Wall Bonds. We also cover using creasing tiles and brick on edge coping.  


We start with theory on damp-proof courses and cavities, building blockwork corners.  


Continues with cavity brick/block incorporating external brickwork and internal blockwork corners. The methods used are typical of new - build properties across building authorities within the UK. We show you how to use door/window profiles and close the cavities using a traditional vertical dpc or cavity closure.    


Will involve finishing the brickwork on the module and setting the lintel with a cavity tray and weepholes. Laying a soldier course above the window is also covered.

Removal and cleaning of structures built, tools and equipment, end of course re-cap and distribution of course notes and awarding of Goldtrowel training certificate. 

Week 2

You will start training in all City & Guilds units and required brick working skills, units of assessment will include the following

  • Introduction into construction health and safety
  • Introduction into modern building techniques
  • Building a corner
  • Building a single brick wall
  • Construct cavity walls in brickwork

Week 3

This week will continue your training and include laying English/Flemish bond walling, finishing with creasing tiles and header courses. 

Week 4

During this week you will be assessed on all the bricklaying units that you learnt in your previous weeks.

Week 5

You will attend your NVQ induction, receive your portfolio and start the NVQ training and assessments.

Your NVQ Assessments are assessed in your workplace and include the following NVQ Level 2 units of accreditation:

QCF 641 – Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace

QCF 642 – Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace

QCF 643 – Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

QCF 40v2 – Erecting Masonry Structures in the Workplace

QCF 41v2 – Setting Out Masonry Structures in the Workplace

QCF 50v2 – Repairing and Maintaining Masonry Structures in the Workplace

Week 6

Your final week will allow you the opportunity to build using the bricklaying skills learnt over the previous weeks including working with profiles, twisted piers and using turning pieces.

Frequently asked questions

Below are the most common questions that we get asked.

The ability to lay bricks and blocks to a professional standard. Also you will gain the vital information and knowledge that is paramount for your bricklaying to be built safely, and not have or develop faults or be dangerous.

Yes after assessment you will be NVQ Level 2 Qualified. Additionally you will be City & Guilds Level 1 qualified this denotes what formal training you have achieved, this will be completed and achieved during your course.

Yes you can work as a Bricklayer after finishing training. however we would always recommend that you call your self an improver when applying for work with a company. You will also be able to apply for a Red CSCS card straight from the course which allows you to legally work as a bricklayer.

No this course is a `hands on` practical plastering course. However there is some written work required during your NVQ process but your assessor will help you with this.

No, our course content is strategically designed to maximize your learning. But we do have other courses that specialise in just 1 or 2 traits of bricklaying, such as decorative walling or extension building.

We have a maximum of 10 people on this course. Although often there are 4 in each group of new starters, we have learnt from over 20 years of training, what group size works the best for the learner outcome.

The only thing you need to bring is suitable clothing. All tools and equipment are supplied for you during your plastering course, we only use quality tools and equipment.

Only if you book online. However if you call to book then you can secure your place on the course with a deposit of £500 inc VAT.


Perp = Perps are the end side of a brick.

Bed = This is the mortar that bricks and blocks sit in or 'bed in'.

Mortar = This the mix of either sand and cement or sometimes lime that holds the bricks or blocks together. 

Air brick = A brick with perforations to allow the passage of air through a wall. Usually used to permit the ventilation of underfloor areas.

Bat = A cut brick. A quarter bat is one-quarter the length of a stretcher. A half-bat is one-half.[1]

Bullnose = Rounded edges are useful for window sills, and capping on low and freestanding walls.

Cant = A header that is angled at less than 90 degrees.

Closer = A cut brick used to change the bond at quoins. Commonly a quarter bat.

Queens closer = A brick that has been cut over its length and is a stretcher long and a quarter-bat deep. Commonly used to bond one brick walls at right-angled quoins.

Kings closer = A brick that has been cut diagonally over its length to show a half-bat at one end and nothing at the other.

Coralent = A brick or block pattern that exhibits a unique interlocking pattern.

Corbel = A brick, block, or stone that oversails the main wall.

Cramp = Or frame cramp is a tie used to secure a window or door frame.

Creasing tile = A flat clay tile laid as a brick to form decorative features or waterproofing to the top of a garden wall.

Dog leg = A brick that is specially made to bond around internal acute angles. Typically 60 or 45 degrees.

Dog tooth = A course of headers where alternate bricks project from the face.

Fire wall = A wall specifically constructed to compartmentalise a building in order to prevent fire spread.

Header = A brick laid flat with its width exposed

Honeycomb wall = A wall, usually stretcher bond, in which the vertical joints are opened up to the size of a quarter bat to allow air to circulate. Commonly used in sleeper walls.

Indent = A hole left in a wall in order to accommodate an adjoining wall at a future date. These are often left to permit temporary access to the work area.

Movement joint = A straight joint formed in a wall to contain compressible material, in order to prevent cracking as the wall contracts or expands.

Noggin = Infill brick panels in timber framework buildings

Party wall = A wall shared by two properties or parties.

Pier = A free-standing section of masonry such as pillar or panel.

Plinth = A stretcher that is angled at less than 90 degrees.

Quoin = A corner in masonry.

Racking back = Stepping back the bond as the wall increases in height in order to allow the work to proceed at a future date.

Rowlock = A brick laid on the long narrow side with the short end of the brick exposed

Sailor = A brick laid vertically with the broad face of the brick exposed

Saw tooth = A course of headers laid at a 45-degree angle to the main face.

Shear wall = A wall designed to give way in the event of structural failure in order to preserve the integrity of the remaining building.

Shiner = A brick laid on the long narrow side with the broad face of the brick exposed

Sleeper wall = A low wall whose function is to provide support, typically to floor joists.

Slip = A thin cut of brick, sometimes referred to as a tile[2]- used on internal spaces or in cladding systems.

Snapped header = A half-bat laid to appear as a header. Commonly used to build short-radii half-brick walls or decorative features.

Soldier = A brick laid vertically with its long narrow side exposed

Squint = A brick that is specially made to bond around external quoins of obtuse angles. Typically 60 or 45 degrees.

Stopped end = The end of a wall that does not abut any other component.

Stretcher = A brick laid flat with its long narrow side exposed

Toothing = The forming of a temporary stopped end in such a way as to allow the bond to continue at a later date as the work proceeds.

Tumbling in = Bonding a battered buttress or breast into a horizontal wall.

Voussoir = A supporting brick in an arch, usually shaped to ensure that the joints appear even.

Withe = The central wall dividing two shafts. Most commonly to divide flues within a chimney.

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