building maintenance

Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills (Multiskills)

Building Maintenance

This full time program is an ideal introduction to the construction industry and covers essential skills in the construction trades.


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  • Duration:

    1 Year

  • Venue:

    Borehamwood Campus

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  • Awarding body:

    City & Guilds of London Institute

About the department

Our Trowel Trades courses (Brickwork, Multi-Skills, Painting & Decorating and Plastering) are all delivered by fully qualified and experienced staff ensuring that you will get the best out of your course, whichever field you choose to study.

We have recently invested in new purpose built construction facilities at our St Albans Campus, which include bespoke training bays and industry standard workshops. We work closely with the industry to structure our courses to suit the needs of our students and the ever-changing environment.

For students already in employment within the construction industry, options exist to study courses on day-release, block-release or evening programmes according to the trade. Apprenticeships are also available.

Important Course Information

What are the Course Requirements?

No qualifications required.

If you don't know what construction trade to follow then this course is for you.

You will learn how to complete basic brick work along with basic carpentry & joinery, plastering and rendering. You also will be working with plaster board to timber frame backgrounds. You will also study English and Maths as part of your programme at a level appropriate for you.

You will be tasked to undertake trade relevent practical jobs after learning how to carry out the activity first. You will have to complete a little bit of theory for the Ascentis qualification plus a Functional Skills maths assessment towards the end of the year.

Functional Skills

On completion of multi trades you will have the opportunity to apply for a trade specific course in your chosen trade area


Trowel trades can lead you onto many different career paths, including higher level courses to further develop your skills in your chosen subject(s).

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  • 16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.
  • For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.
  • Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.
  • All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.