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Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

During the two-year programme, students will learn the core knowledge and skills that underpin many jobs in the construction industry, especially construction design and surveying.


Level 3 qualification

40 weeks classroom study (over two years)

9 weeks minimum working with an employer

What you'll need before you start

Individual colleges and schools will have their own entry requirements. However, for most courses, we expect students will need either:

  • 5 GCSE passes (grade 4 or above), including English, maths and science
  • a pass in a relevant level 2 qualification

For more information, check with the relevant school or college.

What you can do with this T Level

This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in construction, specifically in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying.

Students can progress into roles such as:

Students can also use this T Level to do a related higher-level apprenticeship or degree course.

What you’ll learn on this course

All students will develop a general understanding of construction, including:

  • health and safety
  • the science behind building design, surveying and planning
  • making accurate and appropriate measurements
  • construction methods
  • building regulations and standards
  • data management and information standards in construction
  • relationship management and customer service
  • how the Internet of Things (IoT) impacts construction
  • digital engineering techniques
  • mathematical techniques to solve construction problems
  • construction design principles and processes
  • the construction industry and its role in the economy
  • sustainability and the environmental impact of construction
  • business, commerce and corporate social responsibility

They will also learn about topics specific to design, surveying and planning, including:

  • project management
  • budgeting and resource allocation
  • procurement
  • risk management

In addition to the core content, each student has the option to study one of the following specialisms:

  • surveying and design for construction and the built environment
  • civil engineering
  • building services design
  • hazardous materials analysis and surveying

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