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Design, Surveying and Planning (Construction) - T Level


This T Level explores the design, construction and operation phases of the building life cycle alongside the role of technology and sustainability.

It has been developed specifically with a view to employment in the sector and combines classroom-based learning, with an extended 45-day work placement which will allow students to gain a genuine insight into working in the construction industry.

You will boost your knowledge of topics such as design principles, project management and health and safety and learn about the commercial side of construction, including stakeholder management, business structures and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, techniques such as drawings, costings and surveying will be taught on the course as well as more modern innovations such as computer aided design (CAD) and 3D Modelling.

You will also learn about new technologies and sustainability and gain an understanding of how these will shape the buildings of the future.

This course is ideal for anyone who is looking to develop a managerial career in the construction industry, this T level opens doors into a wide range of planning, engineering and design roles.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
2 Years

Meet the student - Owen Preston

"Construction is my passion. The course is really informative and the tutor support is unbelievable. I chose the T Level Construction at B&FC because the course focuses on a variety of different areas and has allowed me so many opportunities."

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

This qualification is ideal if you want to specialise at university, or go direct into employment or a higher apprenticeship as, for example, a building engineering technician, civil engineering technician or construction supervisor.

The Design, Surveying and Planning T Level is recognised by many professional organisations as an entry qualification for student membership.

There are many pathways available following successful completion of your Design, Surveying and Planning T Level.

Options to consider include:

  • Applying to university
  • Taking on the two-year Level 4 HNC Construction and the Built Environment, recognised by industry employers and professional organisations and delivered at B&FC's Bispham Campus one day a week
  • Exploring opportunities to specialise with a Higher Apprenticeship



Key information

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and Maths                                                                            

  • A successful interview with a tutor                                
  • Tthe ability to study independently                            
  • A genuine interest in the subject                                          
  • Good communication skills                                               
  • Hardworking approach towards the industry

Qualification obtained

T Level Technical Qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

Fees and funding

If you are 18 and under no fees are payable. If you are 19+, please read our tuition fee guide for adult learners.

Extra costs and equipment

You would be expected to have access to a computer with internet access.

You will have access to a free download of Microsoft office 365 and AutoCAD using your student email address.

Trips and site visits may be subsidised by the college.

You will need steel toe cap boots for site visits and trips.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: Pearson

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

You will be required to complete an industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 45 working days (approximately 315 hours).

Placements are managed by an appointed workplace coordinator within the curriculum area who maintains liaisons with employers, performs visits and logs required documents such as insurance and diligence checks.

You are required to source your own placements with support from the college.

If necessary, B&FC can support you with travel to and from your work placement.

Trips and site visits will be offered as part of the course and may be partly subsidised by the college.

How will I learn?

Learning and teaching methods can differ from each module.

You will be supported with presentations, report writing and drawing skills both manually and using computer aided design (CAD) software.

Facilities and resources are regularly updated to improve your experience in college and to match the needs of the course.

Interactive resources will be available on Canvas, the college's online learning system.

You will be expected to attend lectures, maintaining excellent attendance and punctuality, use independent self-study skills and complete the industry placement in a professional manner.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, this will include: discussions, role play, observations, presentations, video creation, sketches and written assignments.

Some core units will be set by the Pearson, the awarding body.

Pearson set assessments involve simulated projects to complete in a specified time-frame.

The core content focuses on your knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts, theories, principles and core skills relevant to the T Level.

This could include, where appropriate, assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the route and the pathway to the construction industry.

Students who pass all the elements of their T Level will get a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction.

It will also set out the details of what students have achieved on the course.

The T Level certificate will include:

  • An overall pass grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit or distinction
  • A separate grade for the occupational specialism, shown as pass, merit or distinction
  • A separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
  • Grades for maths and English qualifications
  • Details of the industry placement