Advanced Diploma in Stonemasonry

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The Advanced Diploma in Stonemasonry is an intensive, workshop-based programme for those with little or no prior experience, wishing to learn the craft of stonemasonry from the basics up to production of complex architectural components. Offering a rich and thorough understanding of the craft through practical training as well as history and theory, it is an ideal route into the stonemasonry and heritage sector.

The course may be undertaken over one year full time or two years part time and includes the nationally recognised stonemasonry diploma at Levels 2 & 3.

Course content includes:

  • Techniques of cutting and working stone by hand
  • Use of hand and powered tools
  • Producing drawings and templates by hand
  • Marking out and producing complex stone components
  • Carving & Lettercutting
  • Repair and maintenance of historic stonemasonry
  • Health and safety
  • Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Stonemasonry


The course covers all stonemasonry units up to and including Level 3, from basic to advanced banker* stonemasonry techniques, along with technical drawing and setting out of masonry structures. Projects include: controlled carving such as egg and dart with its setting out, and free carving such as medieval figurative and ornamental work; lettercutting; the repair, maintenance and conservation of stonework in a safe sustainable manor. Practical and theoretical projects explore the wider context of UK and European masonry and conservation, building an extensive understanding of the historic and  modern stone industry.

*Banker stonemasonry is masonry worked at a bench or stonemason’s “banker”. It involves the carving and production of a wide range of historic and contemporary architectural components and remains fundamental to the stonemasonry and heritage sector today.

  • City & Guilds Assured Advanced Diploma in Stonemasonry (Level 3)
  • Ability to study on full-time basis
  • Completion of Maths and English initial assessment
  • Commitment to and strong interest in stonemasonry
  • 19 years of age, or above
  • 1 year, 5 days per week (37 weeks per year). Or part time equivalent over 2 years.
  • Full Time: £12,500 for Sept 2022
  • Part Time: £6,500 per year for two years, £13,000 total for Sept 2022
  • Bursaries may be available
  • 3
  • Nigel Gilkison
  • Site Supervision programme (CIOB)
  • Foundation Degree Historic Building Conservation
  • Heritage NVQ Level 3
  • Construction Level 4
  • To find out more about our stonemasonry courses please ring the College on 020 8522 1705.