Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

College is still accepting online applications for courses starting in September 2020.


Interviews are cancelled to help to limit social contact during this time.

Instead, you will be invited to a college welcome event to meet the tutors before the start of the course. If you do not meet the entry criteria you will have the opportunity to discuss an alternative programme during this event.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like a career in the practical building trades?

This programme gives you an entry point into the built environment industry. It is ideal for anyone who wants to develop general building skills through practical hands-on experience.

The programme allows you to sample a range of occupations. You will gain fundamental trade skills, preparing you for employment and further study. At the end of the programme, you can make an informed decision about which technical area you want to work in.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • You will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to study by achieving your GCSE target grades and completing year 11 with good attendance.
  • Successful completion of a Traineeship or Pre-vocational programme

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Both practical and theory-based classes
  • Realistic work environments
  • Specialised workshops for the different trades
  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Workbook tasks


This programme is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Observation of your practical work
  • Assignments with practical and job knowledge tasks
  • Portfolio of classroom work


The programme acts as an entry point into a variety of construction trades.

You could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • Brickwork Level 1
  • Carpentry and Joinery Level 1
  • Painting and Decorating Level 1
  • Plastering Level 1
  • Plumbing Level 1

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhyl

    Courses run at the Skills Centre at the Rhyl Campus.

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    Courses run at the £8.2 million Marine and Built Environment Centre (MBEC) in Rhos-on-Sea.