Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

From materials science, design concepts, landscape surveying and town planning to learning about construction, management and the built environment, this course provides a superb grounding in one of the most exciting parts of this multi-billion pound industry. You’ll cover a core set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, and then move on to specialist content covering occupational or industry specific skills. There will also be industry placements with up to 2 employers which will last for a minimum of 45 working days.

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What will I study?

Our brand new T-level course in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning has cutting edge content and is a whole new way of learning. You’ll have a full-time programme of study as well as Industry Placements to prepare you for work or Higher Education.

The course is made up of different sections.

The “Core” will give you a baseline understanding of the industry. It covers a wide range of topics, giving you a vital underpinning knowledge and understanding of concepts and the skills that you’ll need in this sector.

There is an "employer set project", where you are challenged to design a building in a set amount of time.

The "Occupational Specialism”  section is covered mainly in year 2 and this covers content which aligns with industry specific skills or directly relevant content for your chosen occupation.

A key section of the course is the “Industry Placement” which gives you at least 9 weeks of valuable work experience.

In addition, there are a host of other elements such as preparation for work, T-level specific tutoring, trips and careers advice and guidance to make a relevant and substantial study programme. 

How will I learn?

The Core elements of construction will cover a host of themes including the following:

  • Materials and structural science
  • Heat, Light and Acoustics
  • Safe systems of work including risk assessment
  • Approved codes of practice
  • Principles of design
  • The roles of different jobs
  • Understanding a whole building
  • The process of building a house
  • The supply chain and building economy
  • Sustainable building solutions
  • Building heritage and conservation
  • Types of measurement
  • Building Technology
  • Team dynamics and management
  • Digital engineering
  • How a business works

The Specialist elements of construction will cover:

  • Landscape survey
  • Project management
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Digital technology and data management
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • How designs are prepared
  • Technical drawing
  • Computer Aided Design in 2D and 3D
  • Relationship management
  • Industry valuation standards
  • Material properties
  • Geology and substructures

In addition the employer set project will test you on a host of skills including:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Setting performance criteria
  • Carrying out primary research

How will I be assessed?

In addition the employer set project will test you on a host of skills including:

•    Communication skills
•    Problem solving
•    Working with others
•    Setting performance criteria
•    Carrying out primary research

Are there any specific entry requirements?

A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths, and a keen interest in the construction industry.

What work experience opportunities are there?

 A key element of the T-level programme is the opportunuity to develop crucial employment skills and start to establish a network of contacts in the industry.

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