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Construction- Design, Surveying and Planning T-level

Level 3
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

T-levels are new courses which offer an attractive alternative to A-levels and apprenticeships. T-levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace. The Technical Qualification (TQ) is the main classroom-based element of the T-level and will see you learn from a curriculum that has been shaped by industry experts. During the two-year programme, you will learn the core knowledge that underpins each industry and you will also develop occupationally-specific skills that will allow you to enter skilled employment within a specific occupation. T-level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content will meet the needs of industry and prepare you for work. They provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door to highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher-level study, including university.

Design, survey or plan buildings of the future with this pioneering qualification.


The construction industry is of global importance and worth £90 billion annually in the UK. The impact that the construction industry has on daily life is diverse, from domestic building, maintenance and the provision of key building services, to large projects in civil engineering, providing essential public infrastructure in the form of roads, schools and
hospitals. All careers in construction require good communication skills, time management, a strong customer focus and the ability to work both in teams and with other trades. The
skills learned for craft trades lead not only to a rewarding career but can also be used as a foundation from which to progress to advanced craft, technician, supervisory or
management occupations, where established professional development routes and occupational standards exist.

This Technical Qualification has been developed in consultation with employers in the construction industry to ensure you learn the skills and behaviours that will give you the best
opportunity to be successful when applying for work. The content is split into a core component that is common to all Construction T-levels, and a choice of one from four occupational specialisms, which are specific to this T-level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning. The specialisms are:

- Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment
- Civil Engineering
- Building Services Design
- Hazardous Materials Analysis and Surveying.

The core component provides a broad understanding of the construction industry and covers the following construction-related topics:
- Health and safety
- Science
- Design
- Construction and the built environment industry
- Sustainability
- Measurement
- Building technology
- Information and data
- Relationship management
- Digital technology
- Project management
- Law

The core component will be assessed through a project set by employers in the industry and two externally-set tests. Your choice of occupational specialism will allow you to develop the relevant skills in preparation for your career in construction. Each occupational specialism is assessed through a project that is created in conjunction with relevant employers. The occupational specialisms will cover topics specific to that aspect of the construction industry, as follows:

a) Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment
- measuring the built environment
- analysing the built environment
- designing the built environment
- verifying the delivery of the built environment

b) Civil Engineering
- analysing civil engineering solutions
- designing civil engineering solutions
- verifying the delivery of civil engineering solutions

c) Building Services Design
- analysing building services solutions
- designing building services solutions
- verifying the delivery of building services solutions

d) Hazardous Materials Analysis and Surveying
- inspecting the built environment
- identifying hazardous materials
- analysing hazardous materials.

As part of this Technical Qualification, you will also enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, which will be invaluable in supporting progression in other areas. In addition, you will develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication (working with colleagues, customers and clients), research and project work, providing you with an opportunity to demonstrate your reflective practice by suggesting alternative approaches to a problem.
You will take a combination of exams and written based assignments and practical tasks as part of this qualification.
Achieving this Technical Qualification will give you an advantage when applying for a job in construction in your chosen occupational specialism or when progressing to further study in
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: What elements make up a T-level?
A: The T-level is made up of four component parts, with the Technical Qualification being the substantial component:
1. Technical Qualification
2. Industry Placement
3. L2 English and maths
4. Any other relevant industry qualifications deemed appropriate by the T Level panel.

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