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T Level Construction - Design, Surveying & Planning

Full Time

Course Overview

This two-year T Level focuses on Design, Surveying and Planning in the construction and built environment sectors. It has been designed with employers to teach you core content knowledge and skills related to construction, design, surveying and planning, allowing you to progress to highly skilled employment. 

Across both years you will study core content. These modules include:

  • Health and safety
  • Science, measurement and building technology
  • Information, data and digital technology
  • Construction mathematical techniques
  • Design and sustainability
  • Construction and the built environment
  • Relationship management, commercial business, project management and law.

Roughly 75% of your learning will be theory-based and this will develop your skills in research, problem-solving, solution-development, communication and collaboration. Your English, Maths and Digital skills will be important too, especially in this digital age. In one week you could produce sketches and drawings on industry-standard software, the next you could work in a group to produce a tender; then you might complete research for a mock court case; and then collect dimensional information from a site visit.

Industry Placement 
The T Level will include a minimum of 315 hours of learning on work experience placement. Our Industrial Placement Officers will help you link up with an employer and complete work experience relevant to your interests. 

Course Content

The T Level Technical Qualification in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning has two mandatory components:

1. Core Component
This component covers the underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills that support threshold competence in the Construction industry. It has 600 GLH and is assessed by two externally set Core Examinations and an Employer Set Project.

2. Occupational Specialist Components
There are two Occupational Specialist Components in this qualification, each of which has 600 GLH:

1. Surveying and design for construction and the built environment

2. Civil engineering
Students undertaking the T Level Technical Qualification in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning will be able to choose one of the two Occupational Specialisms to complete as part of their T Level Technical Qualification.

These components cover the occupational specialist knowledge and skills required to demonstrate threshold competence for the specialism. Each Occupational Specialism will be assessed by a skills-related project that synoptically assesses the performance outcome skills and associated underpinning knowledge.

Entry Requirement

As we recognise that every learner has a different background, we will hold a professional discussion with you at the interview. This will help us assess your suitability for the course.

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths

  • You will need to be aged between 16 – 18 at the start of the qualification

If you don't meet our entry requirements, we recommend our in-house one-year T Level Transition course. This will help prepare you for the T Level in the subsequent year.


Year 1: You will be assessed on the core subject knowledge area by completing: 

  • Written examination 1: Science and Building Technology
  • Written examination 2: Construction Industry and Sustainability
  • Employer set project, which involves preparing a report responding to a client brief and initial designs, preparing designs form the proposed project, producing costing documentation and carrying out research to present solutions to problems arising in the scenario.

Year 2: You will complete an end of year project based on the occupational specialist pathway.

  • This project will be linked to surveying and design for construction and the built environment. You will produce a portfolio of evidence responding to a client brief, analyse information, design construction solutions and verify delivery of those construction solutions. 

Where does this course lead to

As a technical qualification will gain a T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning. It is intended for students who want to progress to a career in the construction sector, with a focus on Surveying and Design.

Higher Education:  

    You could progress onto a Level 4 qualification. At Chichester College, we offer a Higher National Certificate in Construction.
    The T Level qualification is recognised by university admissions and will give you UCAS points. You may want to pursue advanced study with the next step being a foundation degree or university degree.


Completing the T Level will allow a route into an industry where you can further develop your skills and knowledge.

Job roles that this qualification will help you work towards could include:  

  • Graduate Management Traineeship
  • Survey / Surveying Technician
  • Architect or Architectural Technician
  • Construction Design Coordinator
  • Site, Project, Estate Management
  • Property Development
  • Site Planning and Coordination 

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Course Outline

Course Code: YF24
Study Mode: Full Time
Start Date: 08/09/2023
Duration: 2 Years
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