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Construction - Study Programme - Construction Quantity Surveying Level 3 at Wakefield College

Course description

This qualification will develop your technical knowledge of the built environment sector. 

It aims to give you an insight into how the buildings, infrastructure and landscape around us come into existence, and would like to find out more, this qualification covers all aspects of the creation of our towns and cities, and is fundamental to creating a sustainable future. 

Technical posts in the Construction sector include those of Architects; Building Surveyors; Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers.

As a technician within the Construction sector you can expect to earn up to £15000 per annum, and with fully qualified professional status have the potential to earn up to £70000,depending on the field.

Course content

What you will study

You will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks.

Compulsory topics for all pathways include:

• Domestic construction technology
• Industrial and commercial construction technology
• Health and safety in the built environment
• Construction site supervision
• Construction science and materials
• Measurement, tendering and estimating
• Site surveying
• Civil engineering technology
• Building services technology
• Graphical communication
• Architectural design and planning
• Building surveying
• Business management techniques
• Building regulations
• Sustainability and new technologies
• Mathematics for the built environment

For the ‘Construction’ pathway you will also take the following units:
• Structural mechanics
• Property maintenance and conversion

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 9-4 or A*-C, including English and Maths
4 GCSEs at 9-4 or A*-C 
Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths, and Grade D or 3 or Level 1/Level 2 Functional Skills in the other


Two of the units are externally assessed.
Construction principles is assessed through a 90 minute written examination, taken in January or May/June.
Construction Design is assessed through a piece of  externally set and marked coursework carried out in a supervised environment.
The remaining units are assessed through assignment work completed throughout the academic year that will identify how you applied the knowledge gained. Some of these assignments will be based around practical work carried out during the unit session. 
All assignment work has to be completed within the timescales provided and is restricted to a single submission. In extreme cases an extension of time can be granted by the internal verifier and one resubmission granted

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304

Future opportunities

Further study 

Typically learners progress to a second year to complete an Extended Diploma. However some learners do progress to employment and return to study the Higher National Certificate on day release.

Career Opportunities 

This course will enable you to progress your career into areas such as architecture, quantity surveying, building surveying, civil engineering and building services engineering. These jobs combine both office and on –site based activities.
Progression to direct employment in the sector could be as 
trainee site engineer
trainee construction project technician
trainee technician estimator/buyer/planner
trainee construction design technician.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 April 2019
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.