We have large, well-equipped working areas with plasma screens and interactive, stop/start video tutorials. Linked workshops so you learn your subject alongside other construction trades and get to know how you fit together on site. Staff have years of experience in the trades with many having started out as apprentices before progressing to the highest levels.Department information
Grounds Work and Construction: Entry Level 3
This course is designed to help students get their first job in the sector. Students learn trades within the Foundation Learning Department, whilst overseeing the day to day running of the Foundation Horticulture area. The students will complete the Prince’s Trust Entry Level 3 Award/Certificate in Personal Development and Employability.
Bricklaying: Level 1 Diploma
The combination of practical and theory sessions will enable you to gain good practical skills with underpinning job knowledge of Brickwork.
Carpentry & Joinery: Level 1 Diploma
There will be a combination of practical and theory sessions, which will enable you to gain good practical skills with underpinning job knowledge of Carpentry and Joinery.
Construction Multi-Skills: Level 1 Diploma
This qualification provides the ideal introduction to the construction industry and covers essential skills in the following construction trades: bricklaying, carpentry and joinery and plastering. It is ideal for those students that require an insight into the construction industry before selecting a specific trade in year 2.
Plastering: Level 1 Diploma
This Plastering Diploma is the beginning of your training. You will receive expert tuition from highly qualified lecturing staff with many years industry experience. You will work towards achieving 6 units of competence which will culminate in an end of year examination and you will learn in purpose-built facilities alongside other construction trades.
Bricklaying: Level 2 Diploma
The Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork at Nescot College is a one year course, available on a full or part-time basis to fit around your existing commitments.
Electrical Installation: Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma
This course provides a mixture of practical and theory lessons, enabling you to gain an all-round understanding of the electrical trade. As an electrician you will face a range of practical challenges in your day-to-day work and this is mirrored in the way your course is taught.
Plastering: Level 2 CSkills Diploma
The Level 2 Diploma in Plastering at Nescot College is a one year course, available on a full or part-time basis to fit around your existing commitments.
Plumbing: Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma
This course is for candidates who want to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector. It allows candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the plumbing sector.
Site Carpentry: Level 2 Diploma
The course combines practical and theory sessions and will enable you to gain good practical skills with underpinning job knowledge of Carpentry and Joinery. You will cover a range of units, such as how to erect and dismantle working platforms, and construct carcassing for floor and roofs.
Electrotechnical Technology (Buildings & Structures): Level 3 City & Guilds
This full-time course offers learners the opportunity to acquire at advanced level the theory and practical skills involved in the Building Services Engineering industry for electrical installation procedures and practices.This qualification will be recognised in industry and could lead to meaningful employment in the electrotechnical industry.
Many of our past students have come up through the ranks to become site supervisors, run their own businesses or lead big housing projects.
Most construction projects need carpenters, so the job can take you anywhere from homes and commercial properties to building sites. Skilled carpentry is crucial to new builds, restoring and recreating historical buildings and providing timber elements of complex concrete supports.
Sitting in an office all day is not for everyone. You may prefer a more hands-on approach – and what’s more practical than building things? Working in the built environment industries can give you variety, job security and opportunities to develop your own business or work on large-scale projects.
Electricians are among the most in-demand construction professionals. Hi-tech tasks include transporting data along fibre-optic cables and programming computer controlled “intelligent” buildings and factories. Nescot will ensure you are fully-prepared to work to the high standards required in this industry.
Get the practical and creative skills you need to do repairs and restoration work on houses and on large commercial developments like schools, hospitals and hotels.
Precision counts in plumbing, so at Nescot we train you to work better than industry standard. Nescot plumbing students work to + or – 2mm. On site you’ll often find a 5mm variation, so you’ll have the edge from the start.
Bricklaying isn’t all just about bricks and mortar. Before you begin building something you’ll need to know the best way to go about it. At Nescot we develop your ability to analyse, problem solve and make the correct decisions to get the job done right first time.Over 70,000 bricklayers are employed in the UK. (Construction Skills Network)
At Nescot, you will learn from tutors with specialisms ranging from restoration work with organisations like the National Trust to working with architects on cutting-edge new builds. You will learn from experts in joinery, shuttering and moulding, and site supervisors on large refurbishments and new estates.The UK construction industry will need a total of 260,000 wood trades and interior fit-out occupations by 2023 (Construction Skills Network research - LMI).
Not sure which trade is best, our Level 1 Construction course provides the ideal introduction to the construction industry and covers essential skills in the following construction trades: bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, wall and floor tiling, electrical and plumbing.
Electrical students learn on steel wired armoured cabling and industry standard RCDs and circuit breakers, and we teach you the latest conduit trunking and cable tray installation methods.
Career prospects are positive with around 50,000 plasterers employed in the UK.The housing sector is predicted to grow by an annual average of 2.5% over the next three years. (Construction Skills Network)
Plumbers work in all kinds of industries. You could find a job designing plumbing systems for new buildings, deciding how to manage, repair, and expand water systems, or developing new plumbing technologies. Where there’s water and people there’s a need for plumbing, so our courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to help ensure you are never shortof work.163,000 people employed in plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning with 2,000 new recruits every year (Construction Skills Network research).
Our staff have years of experience in the trades with many having started out as apprentices before progressing to the highest levels.
We have large, well-equipped workshops for each trade.
This chart shows some details about employment trends in the sector, and companies Nescot works with.
Skills you will gain
Our construction students benefit from being part of a broad department and will learn about working with a range of professionals in the construction industry. Alongside the specific skills of your subject area you will learn transferable skills that will support you through your career including:
- Health and safety
- Communication and teamworking
- Construction terminology
- Organisational skills and planning
- Numeracy and literacy
- Professionalism and self-development
- Problem solving
“The course is really practical, so you get to learn by doing it yourself. I’ve always wanted to learn a trade, and Nescot has such a good reputation. The Plastering tutors are really good, and because they’re so experienced they can give you good advice from their own experience.”
I chose Carpentry and Joinery because it’s a really versatile trade – there’s lots of ways to specialise, and lots of different types of work you could do. My favourite projects are when we work on orders for people or companies. Last year we made planters for Banstead Village in Bloom, and at the moment we’re making two benches for a business in Epsom. It’s rewarding to make something that’s going to be used, and it’s good experience, too.
“We study brickwork, plastering and carpentry and joinery, so we get a good foundation of skills and we learn about how the trades work together on a job. It’s a good way of working out which trade would suit you best. I’m hoping to study Electrical next, and then to do an apprenticeship."
Cameron, Construction Skills
"When we’re learning a new technique the teacher shows us how to do it, and then we work independently from a plan. The teachers come and check your work and guide you if you need any help. It’s a good way of working, because you get more responsibility than school so you feel more confident in your own skills, but the teachers are really quick to help you if you need anything.”
I knew I wanted to have a trade, because you’ll always be able to find work. Electrical appealed to me because there’s a lot of variety. At the moment we’re working on our circuit boxes in class, which is the foundation for everything else we’ll be doing.
The teachers here are all trained plumbers, so they can tell you about how things work on-site. I started studying full-time and I’m now doing an apprenticeship with a big commercial company, working on a large site in London.
Computing & IT
Nescot's computing department brings you teaching from industry experts combined with the drive for innovation and success. Our students have excelled in national and international IT competitions, and many progress into prestigious universities and careers.
Catering & Hospitality
If you have a passion for cookery and excellent customer service, Hospitality and Catering could be the career for you. We have state-of-the-art facilities. The industry offers a variety of job opportunities and career pathways.
Sport & Sports Science
The Sports Department’s staff are high level performers, members of national coaching squads and sports psychology coaches for elite performers. We are an innovative, energetic team who are always developing ways of bringing your learning to life.
If you have a passion for cars or engineering then Nescot's specialist training courses could provide you with an introduction to the industry, or build on existing skills developed in the industry and further your career opportunities. It is a great time to be working in the Motor Vehicle industry as the sector is predicted to have record growth in the coming years.