The T Level Technical Qualification in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning offers students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience during an industry placement of at least 45 days.
This 2 year course provides the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
T Levels are a new qualification designed to give you a head start towards the future you want. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.
The 2-year qualification brings classroom and work placement together, on a course designed with employers and businesses.
We're proud that our students go onto careers including:
- Project Manager
- CEOs of small Construction companies - self employed
- Health and Safety Officer
- Site Agent
What can I do next?
After you have successfully completed this programme, you can choose to:
- Apply for a Higher Education course
- Apply for an Apprenticeship
- Enter into employment in this industry
- Placement on a trainee programme with a Construction company
What will I be doing?
T Levels will suit those students who know the industry or area of work they want to pursue for a career, and like the idea of a predominantly learning environment based course but with a strong practical emphasis and time in the workplace.
They differ from apprenticeships which are predominantly work-based and focussed on a particular occupation; and A levels which are academic and entirely classroom or learning environment based. Since a T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels in size, it is important to recognise the amount and rigour of learning involved.
Based at our campus, you will regularly interact with people from the construction industry, both inside and outside of the classroom and workshop. You'll have access to guest speakers and industry experts visiting and taking classes, employer set projects, site visits, relevant field trips and industry placements on live sites out in the world of work.
Class sizes are kept intentionally small (12 max) to support accelerated learning and use high quality materials and resources developed in partnership with our employers. You'll spend dedicated time in class with industry experts, who will deliver and assess bespoke modules which fill critical skills gaps the industry have identified. Plus, you'll be assigned a specialist employability tutor to support you with your programme and progression towards readiness for the world of work.
In Construction, getting outside the classroom helps you stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies. That's why we make sure our students do just that, taking part in trips, events, conferences and competitions.
Trips we have attended this academic year:
- Houses of Parliament, The Elizabeth Project - we climbed Big Ben!
- The Home Building and Renovation Show - London ExCeL
- BRE Innovation Park - Watford
- Grand Designs Live - London ExCeL
- Optional celebration trip to Thorpe Park
We also invite employers and local Construction business in to deliver guest speeches about the industry.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a variety of practical tasks that reflect standards used in the Construction industry, you will also be expected to provide detailed method statements and at times quantities for materials to support your English and maths skills. We will also assess your underpinning knowledge through various in class and end of unit theory based tests. These will be marked and feedback given to show where you've made progress and where there are areas for development.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above including English and Maths
If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.
What do I need to bring?
You will be required to pay a kit and enrichment fee - this will be discussed at our Information Evenings (as part of your application process).
If you think you would benefit from financial support, we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.
Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.
If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).
If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.
If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list.
Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.
You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.
These fees are indicative of the 2022-23 costs and may be subject to change