The art of stonemasonry has existed for centuries – ever since humans started making and using tools to survive. From those seemingly ‘menial’ tools, to some of the world’s most iconic buildings, stonemasonry has evolved over the years to produce many architectural wonders! The Eqyptian Pyramids, Stonehenge, famous temples in Asia like Angkor Wat and Borobudur, Acropolis in Greece and the Parthenon are just a few examples. This practice has, and is allowing artisan craftspeople across the world to leave a beautiful legacy – appreciated for years to come.

This course is designed for anyone who is interested in a future career in stonemasonry, conservation, restoration or construction. We provide you with hands-on banker work experience; relevant subject theory lessons and skills based training. There will be continuous practical and theoretical assessments as you work through the course.

Would you like to make your mark on a historical building? You can! Students have the opportunity to complete two weeks work experience at Exeter Cathedral – completed in 1400 and boasting stunning features including a vaulted ceiling, a set of misericords and an astronomical clock! This is a fantastic opportunity for students to put their stonemasonry skills into practice.

You can progress through Diplomas in Stonemasonry at Levels 1, 2 and 3, or be helped to look for an apprenticeship within the stonemasonry industry and continue your studies with an NVQ on completion of any level. Our staff will 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.

This course is free for students aged 16 – 19. For students over 19, The Worshipful Company of Masons funds the majority of the course fees on application. Find out more about this funding here.

There are opportunities to do additional training in letter-cutting and stone-carving, as well as carrying out work experience in cathedrals and with local stonemasons and also entering national skills competitions. The department is supported by frequent visits from the Worshipful Company of Masons and other members of the profession. More information is available by attending a college Open Day or you can try a taster day if you want to know if this course is right for you.

If you wish to enquire about this course contact:
Course Manager, Stonemasonry Lecturer – Emma Dexter, MA 
01604 491131 ext 2272

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Stonemasonry Courses

Course Title Type Start Date Length Location
Diploma Level 1 Stonemasonry Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View
Diploma Level 2 Stonemasonry Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View
Diploma Level 3 Stonemasonry Full Time September 1 year(s)
Moulton View

Stonemasonry Facilities


The Stonemasonry area includes well equipped workshops that are constantly improved to cater for all aspects of the curriculum.

The workshops for stonemasonry are located at the Moulton site and include a new heritage pod that enables students to practice fixing under supervised conditions, a bridge saw and a water wall cutting booth.

The resources are designed to ensure students get a realistic, simulated experience where they are required to work to an industrial standard.

The stonemasonry area subscribes to a number of online resources which complement the teaching and learning.

Stonemasonry Profiles