Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for young people who wish to become a dry liner and work in the construction industry.

The Bridgwater & Taunton College Construction Centre is a dedicated facility for construction craft training in trowel occupations, plumbing, electrical installation and wood occupations. The College is well equipped with a huge range of construction materials and components for student use. The classrooms have well-appointed computer facilities which enhance the workshops, providing a link between practical and knowledge aspects of the course.

What does the course involve?

Currently Intermediate Apprenticeships are offered in interior systems. Students follow the apprenticeship programme on a day release basis, currently one day per week in Year 1 and Year 2.

The course is split into units. You will need five units to get an NVQ Level 2 but much of this work will be covered in the first year.

What makes this course special?

  • 4000 new plasterers/dry liners needed by 2018 (South West)
  • 1000s of new homes and industrial developments are being built in Sedgemoor, most will be dry lined

The facilities for construction training are excellent and stocked with materials, tools and equipment of a high standard.

Working in partnership with a number of local firms and CITB Construction Skills the construction section has a strong track record of producing a highly-skilled workforce for the construction industry.

All staff are well qualified and experienced in construction training

The range of work you will cover includes:

  • General workplace safety
  • Efficient work practices
  • Moving and handling resources
  • Finishing & Installing dry lining joints
  • Installing dry lining joints, encasements and partition systems
  • Installing proprietary partition systems
  • Installing dry lining by direct bond
  • Apply finishing plasters to plasterboard backgrounds
  • Installing suspended ceiling systems. 

Entry Requirements

GCSEs in the A* – E or 9 - 3 range or an equivalent qualification. Plus a initial assessment at Level 2 or above. If only an assessment at Level 1 is achieved then GCSE in English and Maths must be A* – C.

What are the assessment methods?

An important aspect of the course is that you need to have employment with a company, as the work you produce on site will count as evidence towards your NVQ qualification.

For the college based qualification you will be practical assessed through practical assignment, which have been developed for each individual unit, which gives you the flexibility to assess learners in the manner which best suits you. You will also have unitised knowledge test which will be multi choice

Functional skills are assessed by a portfolio of evidence, and external multiple-choice examination papers (exemptions may apply).

How long is the course?

Most students complete their Level 2 qualification within a two-year period including site experience.

What are the progression options?

The most obvious route would be to try for an NVQ Level 3 Interior Systems which, together with Functional Skills to Level 2, comprises an Advanced Apprenticeship qualification.


Apprenticeships in Construction normally last for a duration of two years. Upon completion of your NVQ level 2 qualification, you will become a fully qualified craftsperson and be able to work in all areas of the Construction Industry.

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