The Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Level 3 – T Level course is is suitable for anyone wanting a career in construction, specifically in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying. It is a level 3 qualification studied over a two-year programme.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is suitable for 16-18 year old students looking to develop the core knowledge and skills for entry to a range of construction occupations
This Technical qualification will support students on a range of progression routes including employment, higher education and higher apprenticeships.
The course includes 315 hours minimum working with an employer in an industry placement and will include enrichment activities such as trips and guest speakers.
About this qualification
The technical qualification (TQ) forms part of the new T Level study programme.
The purpose of the Level 3 technical qualification is to ensure students have the knowledge and the practical abilities needed to progress either into skilled employment, or higher education or via a higher-level apprenticeship. The T Level is a full-time course.
All students will develop a general understanding of construction, including:
They will also learn about topics specific to design, surveying and planning, including:
In addition to the core content, each student must choose one of the following specialism:
How is this qualification structured?
The technical qualification is split into 2 component parts:
Core component: the knowledge and underpinning concepts, theories and principles as well as core skills for the construction sector and the Occupational specialism.
The occupational specialism section provides students with knowledge and skills required to enter employment or further study in the specific occupational area.
Some units will be internally assessed, using a range of methods; others will be assessed externally and by exam.
Experience in the workplace
Industry placements are intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for skilled employment in their chosen occupation which are less easily attainable by doing a qualification alone.
How is it assessed?
In order to achieve a grade for the core component, students must have results for both sub-components (the core (written) examination and the employer-set project).
The combined results from these sub-components will be aggregated to form the overall core component grade (A*–E and U).
If students fail to reach the minimum standard across all sub-components, they will receive a U grade. No overall grade will be issued for the core component until both sub-components have been attempted.
Occupational specialism component:
The student is also required to successfully achieve a Distinction/Merit/Pass grade in the occupational specialism component. If the student fails to reach the specified level of attainment, they will receive a U grade.
T Levels are currently only offered to 16-18 year olds.
Students can progress into roles such as:
What related qualifications can you progress to?
Students who achieve this qualification could progress to employment, higher apprenticeship or higher education:
The T Level study programme is eligible for UCAS points. On successful completion of this course you could progress to study for a degree in areas such as architectural technology, quantity surveying and site management.
All students aged 16-18 on the first day of their course will have their course fully-funded by the government.
Costs of studying
If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August in the calendar year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay tuition fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. However, there are some courses which have additional costs which could include:
For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available. Bursary awards can help with your course related costs such as travel, books and equipment and much more.
****Applications for courses starting in September 2023 are now closed****
Advice sessions for courses starting in September 2023 have now finished.
Whilst term has started, there may still be places remaining on some of our course areas, however many of our courses are now full, and there is no guarantee of a space on any course.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and contact details, including telephone number, subject area(s) of interest and GCSE grades, so that we can arrange for someone to contact you and discuss your options.
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications starting in September 2024 opens on Monday 2nd October at 12pm.
Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.
We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.
If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.
You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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Parents and Carers Guide to T Levels
T Levels are Level 3 qualifications that follow on from GCSEs.
They are the equivalent to three A Levels and are new qualifications that combine classroom theory, practical learning, and an industry placement. They are ideal for students who enjoy learning through practical experience and real-life situations.
Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Level 3 – T Level course includes 315 hours minimum working with an employer in an industry placement and will include enrichment activities such as trips and guest speakers.
The two-year T Level courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.
They will provide excellent destinations for students, including full-time skilled employment, higher-level apprenticeships and Higher Education degrees.
T Levels are an exciting option for post-16 education, providing a recognised qualification that is tailored to industry needs and skills.
For students looking to learn practical skills relevant to a particular job role or career path, irrespective of whether they want to go on to university to study for a degree or go straight into the workplace after year 13, T Levels are a great choice.
They are a good fit for students that aren’t interested in theory but want to learn what they’ll need to know in the workplace.
T Levels broaden the study choices for 16 years olds. They can offer a clear path to employment although, should your teen start the course and realise that industry or specialism it is not for them, there are still plenty of options for them to continue higher education or get work in a different industry once the T Level is complete.
T Level courses consist of the following:
Students receive a nationally recognised grade and a breakdown of their achievements on the course, including how they did on their work placement.
If they don’t pass all elements of their T Level, they’ll receive a T Level statement of achievement outlining what has been completed.
A fantastic element of T Levels is the industry placement – a real job in a genuine business. Sometimes this is offered in one block, sometimes as one day each week, or it can be other combinations that suit the company.
The College will source work placements for all T Level students. We have long established, excellent relationships with many employers in the construction sector. We have specialised staff who will visit you in the workplace and check that you are competent in your practice and that your learning is going well.
This first-hand work experience is hugely beneficial to students, enabling them to get a feel for what it’s like in the world of work and whether they like the field they’ve chosen – it’s not too late to make a change post- 18 if they don’t!
The placement can result in some students being offered jobs after they’ve completed their T Level and for those going on to higher education after college, their work experience will be impressive on their UCAS application personal statement.
Yes, students with a T Level qualification can go on to study for a degree or a related higher-level apprenticeship.
When searching for a university course, you’ll find the entry requirements include a minimum number of UCAS points. This will often be 112 UCAS points, although this will vary from course to course, however most universities seem to accept that 112 UCAS points are the standard for the average UK student. Universities will also assess their candidates on many different factors as part of their criteria.
T Level qualifications will be graded overall as Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, Pass, and there will be grades for each aspect of the course.
The table below shows the UCAS value of each grade type. T Level grades offer the following UCAS points (shown with A level equivalents).
|UCAS Tariff Points||T Level Overall Grade||A Level|
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year old study programme only: Free|
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