Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like to start a career in Painting and Decorating and Tiling?  You know that you want to follow one of these two trades in Construction. Then this course is for you!

This programme introduces you to the introductory skills of Painting and Decorating and Tiling. The Foundation course provides a broad curriculum which covers careers and job roles commonly found in the construction sector. 

The Foundation qualification has common units and themes found in other Foundation in Construction pathways; the aim is to broaden the wider knowledge of how the construction industry operates and better equip learners for employment in the construction sector. 

The programme is suitable for a variety of people looking to work in construction. This includes students progressing from school, or individuals from other sectors looking for a change of career. You will gain the practical knowledge you need to proceed onto a Construction Progression Qualification (Level 3) or into the industry through gaining an Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements:

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

  • Learners will need to have achieved, or be working towards their Level 2 Essential Skills English and Maths (or equivalent),
  • or successful completion of the Pathway to Construction Skills Qualification,
  • or a relevant level 1 qualification,
  • or relevant industry work experience, or relevant employment.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview; this will also provide you with an opportunity to discuss aspects of the programme and career opportunities.


You will study a variety of subject-specific modules, in addition to Literacy and Numeracy skills.

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Group work
  • Workshop practical sessions
  • Classroom-based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


This programme is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • On-line assessment (provided bilingually, learners can toggle between English and Welsh during the online test).
  • Synoptic test to include both trade routes.
  • Guided discussion.


Construction Progression Qualification

(This programme allows learners to focus on one specific trade)

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Installation
  • Plastering
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Tiling

Apprenticeship in Construction

(note, that apprenticeships in construction require learners to complete the Foundation in Construction Qualification, learners who have completed this qualification while attending a full time construction course at Grwp Llandrillo Menai are exempt from the Foundation Qualification during an apprenticeship)