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T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - Level 3

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T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction - Level 3


T Levels are a new type of qualification that combines academic studies with a mandatory 45-day (315 hours) industry placement, giving you the chance to learn new skills before putting them into practice.

Equivalent to studying three A Levels, the two-year course will give you a head start into your chosen industry.

80% of your time will be spent in the classroom.

20% will be on placement getting that real on-the-job experience.

Across the two years, you will cover both core and specialist units. The core units will develop your general understanding of your chosen industry. The specialist units will cover more in-depth topics niche to your chosen specialism (pathway) and career.

On the Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level, you can chose between two pathways:

  • Surveying and Design for Construction and The Built Environment
  • Building Services Design.

Surveying and Design for Construction and The Built Environment

This pathway teaches the skills and knowledge to create conceptual designs and to understand how to structure a building. From designing the shape and style of the building, to picking the materials used, you will the learn everything you need to know about surveying and designing different types of building.

Based on these skills, this pathway is ideal for anyone interested in becoming an architect, construction project manager, quantity surveyor, land surveyor, sustainability engineer, Building Information Management (BIM) engineering, estimator, Health and Safety officer and similar roles.

Building Services Design

Focusing on the key services require within a building, this pathway teaches the skills and knowledge needed to design, install and maintain services such as water, gas and electrics. You will learn how to ensure building continues to function efficiently.

Learning a range of new skills, this pathway is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a building services engineering, architect technician, sustainability engineer, building services manager or similar.

What will I study?

Core Units:

  • Methods of construction
  • Accurate measuring techniques
  • Sustainability and environmental impacts
  • Science behind construction
  • Data management and information
  • Digital technologies
  • Mathematical techniques
  • Health and safety
  • Relationship management
  • Design
  • The Construction and The Built Environment industry
  • Commercial business
  • Law
  • Project management

Specialist Units:

  • Project management
  • Budgeting and resource allocation
  • Procurement
  • Risk management

Industry Placement:

Across the two-years, you will need to complete an exciting 45-day (315 hours) placement with a reputable employer. Throughout the summer and your first term, a dedicated work placement advisor is available to support you with building links with suitable employers so you can secure your placement.

This is a great opportunity that will not only give you experience in an external business, but enhance your technical skills and create relationships that could result in an apprenticeship or employment.

Entry requirements

           This course is only available to 16-18 year olds

  • Grade 4 in English and maths, plus three other GCSEs at grade 4.
  • Or, successful completion of the Level 2 Construction Crafts or Building Services transition programmes.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How will I be assessed?

  • Time bound End Point Assessment
  • Employer projects

What can I progress onto?

  • Higher apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment.

Career opportunities

Next steps

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