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Student case studies

Nathan Bricklaying

Bricklaying L2

I chose this course because I eventually want to be employed as a bricklayer for a large company. My tutors have been friendly and supportive, helping me at every stage of my course. My next step is either an apprenticeship or to continue on to Level 3 Bricklaying at the College.

Alex Joinery

Bench Joinery Apprentice L2

I progressed onto an apprenticeship with Grove Reed Joinery Ltd after studying for my Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery at the college. I am enjoying working and earning while I learn on my apprenticeship, gaining real world skills while working towards my Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery.

Lucy Painting

Painting and Decorating L2

My goal is to be a self-employed painter and decorator after finishing my training. I am enjoying all the experience and skills I am gaining, especially undertaking work placements that give me real world experience. My tutors are friendly, knowledgeable and there to help me when I need them.


Carpentry and Joinery, L2

My course has given me the skills I need to progress and start my career. The tutors provide excellent support and ensure I push myself to achieve the highest grade possible in all practical and theory tasks. The college has an excellent workshop that allows for practical, engaging and insightful lessons. I hope to move on to the Level 3 course or to obtain an apprenticeship, which the college is actively helping me with.


Painting and Decorating, L3

My course allowed me to develop skills that I would not have been able to do on-site, such as wallpapering and decorative effects, but also all of the theory side of the trade. Every member of staff wanted to help give me and others the best opportunity to progress and help with goals and achievements. The college played a massive part in guiding me to be able to have the confidence and ability to set up my own business.

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What courses could I study?

We have a course at BAC regardless of your previous experience of Construction. If you have some experience, you might enter at Level 2. If not, we have other courses designed to build up your skills first.

What facilities would I have access to?

Each area of our construction department has its own specialist facility with the tools and equipment you'll need to build up your skills. For Carpentry and Joinery for example, students will have access to both bench joinery and site carpentry facilities depending on what they want to specialise in.

Our Centre for Construction is self contained within the college and features its own cafe/bistro and chill out area with music and pool tables. This means that all our construction students form their own smaller community within the wider college one!

What trips could I go on?


Students will go on a range of trips and visits depending on their chosen course. In the past, joinery students have enjoyed a trip to Germany to gain skills in German carpentry techniques during a two week visit to Zimmerer Ausbildungs Zentrum. They have also enjoyed visits to the Harrogate Tool Show to learn about the latest industry developments.

In a similar way, Bricklaying students will visit a range of local industries and factories to discover how different types of bricks are produced and the best types for different jobs they will eventually work on when qualified.

Trades for Care

Our Painting and Decorating students are heavily involved with the Trades 4 Care project, a local scheme which allows students to gain experience of renovating community facilities such as care homes, halls and community centres. This is not only great work experience, but allows students to work with industry specialists and experienced tradesmen to give something back to their local community.

What careers are there in this area?

Find out more about careers in this area by clicking the image below:

Construction Careers

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