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Stonemasonry Level 3

Course Overview

This course will help you develop advanced practical skills and provide you with broad knowledge to enable you to become qualified within the stonemasonry industry. You will learn how to produce complex setting out for templets and moulds, complex templets and moulds and complex stonemasonry components. Units will include conservation and restoration techniques for architectural heritage. The Bath College is leading the way in the stonemasonry qualifications by pioneering this course with the City and Guilds. We are holders of the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning for its Living Classroom philosophy where students have undertaken skilled work under real conditions of stonemasonry and restoration work at Woodchester Mansion. Our Stonemasonry lecturer Paul Maggs has been recognised by the Worshipful Company of Masons for his skills and dedication throughout more than 30 years of experience in stonemasonry with the Master Craftsman certificate.


This course is based at our state-of-the-art Construction Skills Centre at our Somer Valley Campus.

What topics are covered?

This programme has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment. The practical hands-on training will give you the skills you need to qualify in preparation for employment.

The course includes the following units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Setting out and templet making for complex stonemasonry components
  • Working complex stonemasonry components
  • Fixing complex stonemasonry components
  • Conservation and restoration techniques for architectural heritage


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 2 Diploma in Stonemasonry or relevant industry experience.
Each applicant will be assessed individually. Applications from mature students are welcome.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 Diploma

How will I learn?

This course is a mix of theory, drawing office and practical workshop sessions. There will also be visits to experience detailing and pricing. We are involved from time to time with projects from local communities, councils, schools and organisations such as Bath Preservation Trust and Woodchester Mansion. This gives students a chance to work on projects within a variety of stonemasonry fields.

The practical training will consist of setting out complex stonemasonry working drawings and producing masonry components on a variety of masonry jobs. This will include a Ball Finial, a carved Ionic Capital, a ramp and twist stair case component and a complex piece of a Tracey window. The course will involve training in the use of power tools, angle grinders and pneumatic air guns.

Our staff will aim to motivate you to acquire the technical and vocational skills which can enable you to access a professional career. You will be guided and supported by highly skilled practitioners and tutors to become a successful and confident skilled craftsman/craftswoman.

What hours will I be in college?

Two days a week

How will I be assessed?

There will be continuous practical and theoretical assessments as you work through the course.

What can I do after this course?

Successful students have progressed to employment in the stone industry; including setting up their own businesses, management and sometimes working in specialist heritage areas such as cathedrals.

Students with a relevant work placement have also moved onto the Level 3 NVQ Heritage Skills course or onto a Foundation Degree in Applied Architectural Stonework and Conservation. This course is a stepping stone to higher level courses and from there into project management.

Are there any additional costs?

In addition to the resources fee, you will be required to provide your own personal safety equipment and protective clothing.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Bath College’s Construction Skills Centre is a dedicated facility for construction occupations, with workshops that are well-equipped with a range of specialist tools. Well-appointed classrooms and computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between the practical and the knowledge-based aspects of the course.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

Bath Preservation Trust, Woodchester Mansion

Which department is this course in?


What else do I need to know?

If you are employed you may be eligible to become an apprentice. For more information on work-based learning options and apprenticeships please visit our Apprenticeships page.

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

1 review for Stonemasonry Level 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    After enjoying my the level 2 course I decided to continue on to the level 3. Which turned out to be a great decision. The course allowed me to gain the advanced skills needed to work in the industry with confidence.
    Ray the tutor has a broad knowledge of stonemasonry and has a great teaching method, and together with everyone at the college creates the perfect atmosphere to work and study.

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