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    About the course

    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.

    T Levels are designed to deliver world-class technical education and give you a new choice after GCSEs. The Construction T level has been designed with leading businesses and employers in the construction industry and gives you:

    • A thorough understanding of concepts and theories of the construction industry.
    • The opportunity to solve real life problems in the construction industry.
    • Valuable experience of learning from the experts through working side by side with those in the construction industry on your industry placement so that you have the chance to learn what this career is like in the real world while you continue your studies.
    • Specialist knowledge and skills of design for construction and the built environment.

    Entry requirements

    5 GCSEs at Grade Grades 4 and above to include English and Maths

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    Who is it suitable for?

    For those looking to progress into a surveying, design or management career in the Building Services industry.

    Awarding Body

    Pearson

    Why study?

    T Levels are new courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

    The purpose of this qualification is for learners to know and undertake fundamental surveying, design and planning processes and procedures. Learners will have the opportunity to plan, perform and evaluate their work whilst using a range of materials, methods and techniques.

    Where will this course take me?

    T Levels offer many opportunities for progression: 

    The T Level study programme is eligible for UCAS points.  A T Level Distinction* is worth the same as 3 A Levels at A* and will be recognised by universities.

    Enter Employment: You can use the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained to start working in the construction industry. 

    Apprenticeship: There are many opportunities offered through apprenticeships that allow you to carry on learning (20%) whilst spending most of your time (80%) furthering your skills in the workplace.

    There are a variety of careers you can pursue once you have completed the course as the knowledge, skills and behaviours you will develop are highly prized within a broad range of businesses.

    Careers within the electrotechnical engineering industry may include:

    Core modules

    Year 1 is made up of three key parts: 

    1. Core: Knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts and theories of the construction industry: 

    • Health and Safety
    • Science 
    • Design 
    • Construction and the Built Environment Industry 
    • Sustainability 
    • Measurement 
    • Building Technology 
    • Information and Data 
    • Relationship Management 
    • Digital Technology 
    • Project Management 
    • Law
    • Construction Mathematical Techniques
    • Commercial Business

    2. Employer Set Project: A project set by construction leaders that requires you to apply your knowledge to a real-life problem in the industry.  

    3. Industry Placement: Towards the end of the year, you will get the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills you have learned in to action as you start your industry placement. You will work with an external construction industry employer to apply your knowledge and develop your technical skills in a real-life construction workplace. 

    Year 2 is made up of two key parts:

    1. You will specialise in Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment and practicing this branch of the construction industry will help you to develop specialist knowledge and skills on measuring, analysing and designing the built environment and verifying the delivery of the built environment 

    2. Continuation of your Industry Placement; with an external construction industry employer which will develop your technical skills and apply your knowledge in a workplace environment.

    Across year one and two, you will complete at least 45 days in total working in the construction industry, giving you valuable experience in the workplace and employers the chance to see the new talent in their industry.

    Surveying and Design for Construction and the Built Environment 

    The Occupational Specialist content is separated into four Performance Outcomes, with the skills needed to achieve threshold competence and the knowledge to underpin skill application across the four areas.

    Learners will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in:

    • Measure the built environment
    • Analyse the built environment
    • Design the built environment
    • Verify delivery of the built environment

    How will I be assessed?

    Year 1

    Core Assessment: Externally Set Test – Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both graded A*-E.

    Employer Set Project: Externally assessed project work is graded A*-E.

    Industry Placement: Evidence log to show completion of hours required and evidence of development of

    technical skills and application of knowledge in a workplace environment. 

    Year 2

    Synoptic assessment to judge how well the competence requirements have been met. Graded: Distinction, Merit or Pass.

    Industry Placement: Evidence log to show completion of hours required and evidence of development of technical skills and application of knowledge in a workplace environment.

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    T Levels Q&A

    WHAT ARE T LEVELS?

    T Levels are new technical courses which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. They are Level 3 course that span approximately 1800 hours over 2 years. These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

    T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    WHEN WILL T LEVELS START?

    Harlow College will offer T Levels starting in the 2021/22 academic year, initially in the following areas:

    • creative and digital
    • construction
    • childcare and education
    • health and science

    WHO ARE THEY FOR?

    T Levels are ideal for learners who are looking for a more technical route into skilled employment, further study or an apprenticeship.

    T Levels are a technical alternative to A Levels and prepare learners for technical careers.

    STRUCTURE OF A T LEVEL

    T Levels will include the following compulsory elements:

    • a technical qualification, which will include core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
    • an industry placement with an employer
    • a minimum standard in maths and English if learners have not already achieved them

    T LEVELS AND INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

    T Levels include 315 hours (approximately 45 days) of industry placement with an employer. Around 80% of time will be spent in the classroom and 20% on placement. This differs to an Apprenticeship, which is typically 80% in the workplace and 20% in the classroom.

    Industry placements can be undertaken as a block, as individual days, or a combination of the two.

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