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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

Please visit our Adult EducationDegrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

T Levels are qualifications which will follow GCSEs and Technical Awards and offer an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. Each qualification lasts two years and is equivalent to three A-Levels. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a minimum 45-day industry placement with an employer to make sure you have real experience of the workplace.

The construction industry is of global importance and worth £90 billion annually in the UK. The impact that the construction industry has on daily life is diverse, from domestic building, maintenance and the provision of key building services, to large projects in civil engineering, providing essential public infrastructure in the form of roads, schools and hospitals.

All careers in construction require good communication skills, time management, a strong customer focus and the ability to work both in teams and with other trades.


The Construction Design, Surveying, and Planning T-Level will develop knowledge and understanding in a range of core elements that underpin the Construction industry. Students will be given context to the industry, learn the key concepts and theories in design, surveying and planning. This course will be delivered in a brand new, purpose built centre with state of the art technology to allow students to develop the skills needed for a career in construction, specifically in surveying and design, civil engineering, building services design, or hazardous materials surveying.

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Entry requirements

Grade 6 and above in Maths, English, Science.


T Level Technical Qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction Level 3

What you'll learn (core modules)

  • 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

Benefits, skills and character strengths

  • Communication
  • Work with Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Primary Research



How will I be assessed?

  1. The core component will be assessed through a project set by employers in the industry and two externally-set tests.

    Your choice of occupational specialism will allow you to develop the relevant skills in preparation for your career in construction. 

  2. Each occupational specialism is assessed through a project that is created in conjunction with relevant employers.

  3. The occupational specialisms will cover topics specific to that aspect of the construction industry, as follows in the Surveying & Design for Construction Units

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

New Purpose Built T Level Centre.

The Built Environment Campus

Anglian Lane 

Bury St Edmunds

IP32 6RA

Where will the course take me?

Achieving this Technical Qualification will give you an advantage when applying for a job in construction in your chosen occupational specialism or when progressing to further study in construction.


Careers in Construction Site Management

Surveying Technician
Civil Engineering Design Technician
Digital Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technician
Building Services Engineering Design Technician
Architectural Technician
Asbestos Analysis Surveyor
Construction Design Coordinator
Transport Planning Technician
Rail Engineering Design Technician


Level 4: Construction Site Engineering Technician, Construction Quantity Surveying Technician, Construction Design and Build Technician, Building Services Engineering Technician, Construction Site Supervisor, Acoustics Technician.

Level 6: Building Control Surveyor, Building Services Design Engineer, Building Services Engineering Site Management, Chartered Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Site Management, Construction Quantity Surveyor, Construction Site Manager, Design and Construction Management, Architectural Assistant.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you would like to apply for this course, use the red 'apply' button below. To complete the application process you will need to register, or login if you already have a user account.

Once you have applied, you will have the opportunity to discuss the T Level course at the interview stage.

Days & times

Starting September 2023
Monday 09:15 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:15 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:15 - 16:00
Thursday 09:15 - 16:00

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