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Welcome construction and building services applicants!

You have made an amazing decision choosing to study a trade at West Notts!

A quick message from the Assistant Principal, Phil Clark


FAQs - construction and building services courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our construction and building Services courses are based at our Construction Centre campus, based in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Our specialist facilities include fully functional workshops, a CAD suite and a gas assessment centre. The college operates 13 different bus routes to and from this campus, both in the morning and the evening.

  • What is it like?

    The college is an adult, professional environment intended to prepare you to work in your chosen industry. As such, we expect students’ behaviour to reflect the world of work. Attendance and punctuality are very important. One of our main focuses is health and safety, which is a key driver in all aspects of construction. Therefore, we have very high expectations in terms of behaviour and attitude.

  • What will I study?

    The courses are a mix of practical sessions, within our specialist workshops and traditional theory sessions in a classroom. The higher the level of programme, the more theory-based work you will be expected to do. It is important you understand that you will not be in a workshop all the time. Your practical work will be assessed but you will also have to submit written assignments as part of your course.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

    Take a look at our fact sheets to find out why English and maths is important within this industry.

    English and maths in bricklaying

    English and maths in carpentry and joinery

    English and maths in electrical

  • What will I have to wear?

    You will be expected to wear the designated coloured t-shirt for your area at all times whilst in the workshops including safety steel toe capped boots and work trousers (at a small cost). In the classroom environment you are expected to wear the coloured t-shirt and a choice of suitable footwear and trousers.

    We recommend each learner has two t-shirts.

    • Apprentices – Purple
    • BTEC – Orange. No jogging bottoms or sport attire allowed, we recommend jeans or chino style trousers
    • Brickwork – Navy
    • Carpentry and Joinery – Heather Grey
    • Electrical - Yellow
    • Foundation studies – Red
    • Painting and decorating – White
    • Plastering – Bottle Green
    • Plumbing – Light Blue
  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    At levels 2 and 3 you will be expected to complete a work placement and the central work placement team will help you find one. This will be on a construction site or workshop linked to your chosen area and is a great way for you to get your foot in the door, impress an employer and potentially move into a job or apprenticeship as a result. We have great links with local employers and have a lot of apprentices studying on-site with us.

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies, which provide in-house opportunities to gain real-world experience. This year students have worked within our workshops and across various industry places to establish good links and captivate their studies even further, from renovation to picnic benches and animal holdings.

  • Will there be somewhere for me to safely secure my belongings?

    Yes. You will have access to lockers, on a first come first serve basis. It's just a £5 deposit for the year.


  • Gallery

    Recently, Entry Level and Level 1 students worked in collaboration with our Painting and Decorating department, to renovate a piano into a storange/clockroom unit.


  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

    Historic building in a red colour with a small clock tower.

    Task for all Brickwork applicants

    Produce and research a poster or booklet on historic buildings and compare a new brick built structure with a new innovated structure.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    Close up image of various construction tools.

    Task for all Carpentry and Joinery applicants

    Produce and research a tool kit for your chosen level, you must stick to your budget, this can be in form of a poster or booklet. This gives you an idea of what tools will be used throughout your time at college and whilst working in industry.

    Entry/Level 1 applicants - £600

    Level 2/3 applicants - £2,000

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

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    Task for Construction and the Built Environment - Level 3 applicants

    Imagine it’s the year 2100: Design a new house which is innovative and sustainable. No restrictions or limits, be as creative and innovative as you like! This will be used as part of your study programme.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    A field of solar panels with wind turbines in the distance

    Task for all Electrical applicants

    Research renewable energies and the importance in use of both. You must think about the innovation and the impact on the future use of fossil fuels.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    Close up image of various construction tools.

    Task for all Painting and Decorating applicants

    Produce and research a tool kit for your chosen level, you must stick to your budget, this can be in form of a poster or booklet. This gives you an idea of what tools will be used throughout your time at college and whilst working in industry;

    Entry/Level 1 applicants - £500

    Level 2/3 applicants - £1,000

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    Unplastered drywall in a construction site.

    Task for all Plastering applicants

    Produce and research a poster or booklet on drywall and internal facades used in the construction and renovation principles.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

    A field of solar panels with wind turbines in the distance

    Task for all Plumbing applicants

    Research renewable energies and the importance in use of both. You must think about the innovation and the impact on the future use of fossil fuels.

    Submit your work and/or contact the tutor

  • Ask your tutor

    Anything playing on your mind about your college course? Then send your questions to our college tutors using our simple online form.

    Ask a question

Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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