This course is designed for 16-19 and 19+ year olds

Our Construction Skills course is designed to give you all the necessary skills to be a multiskilled operative within the construction industry.

Having a construction skills qualification is key for anyone wishing to take employment as a handyman, or to work in a setting that requires a range of trades rather than a specific path.

This is a 2-year course in which you will study at Levels 1 and 2 after which you have the option of progressing into employment or gaining a further NVQ qualification delivered by the College to work in a commercial setting.

The course will be scheduled over 3 days per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical across the two years.

The entry requirements for this course are:


  • Year 1 must hold 1 GCSE in either maths or English

  • Year 2 must have achieved both GCSEs to at least grade 4 in maths and English, a science GCSE is also preferred.

    If required, you will have the opportunity to study GCSE maths and/or English alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.

You will learn the following skills throughout your course as a multiskilled operative:

  • Carpentry

  • Painting and Decorating

  • Bricklaying

  • Electrical

  • Plumbing

You will be assessed across a mix of theory and practical assessments which will be carried out to industry standards.

The assessment methods will be a mix of the below:

  • Practical assessments

  • Theory based assessments

  • Online exams
    You will have a theory and practical exam at the end of year 1 which will be linked to your suitability to progress to the 2nd year of your course.

    All assessments will give you an opportunity to pass at the following three standards:

  • Pass

  • Merit or

  • Distinction
    You will be provided all information on how to achieve the relevant grades before each assessment commences.

Your progression from this qualification will be either of the below pathways:

  • Employment This qualification will give you the skills required to gain employment.

  • NVQ Level 3 If you wish to further enhance your skills in the workplace then the NVQ Level 3 will allow you to work in the commercial industry.

    The NVQ Level 3 can be studied with Waltham Forest College.

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