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Construction - Onsite

Onsite Construction

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Your course starts by helping you get to grips with core knowledge about how the construction industry works; the principles of design; and the role of technology and sustainability. You will then have the chance to specialise in at least one of these areas*:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plastering


The purpose of the two year T Level course is to prepare you for employment in the construction industry, by learning hands-on and in the classroom, about the construction industry and how it works. 


T Level study programmes will include the following elements:

 •  A ‘core’ set of underpinning knowledge, concepts and skills, tailored for their chosen industry and occupation: ‘core content’
 •  Specialist content covering occupational or industry-specific skills: ‘occupational specialist content’
 •  An industry placement with an employer, which will last for a minimum of 315 hours


*The information above is taken from the DfE outline content publication for Onsite Construction T Levels. This should only be used as a guide and further information on final course content will be available in the New Year.


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What will I learn?

The course will cover the following core elements:

 •  Construction and the Built Environment Industry
 •  Building Technology
 •  Digital Technology
 •  Commercial & Business Awareness
 •  Relationship Management
 •  Information & Data
 •  Design
 •  Measurement
 •  Sustainability
 •  Health & Safety
 •  Science 


You can then choose a specialist pathway:

 •  Carpentry & Joinery
 •  Plastering
 •  Bricklaying
 •  Painting & Decorating

Industry Placements

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.


Click here for a comprehensive overview of the core and specialist elements of this course.


Progression Pathways

 •  Qualified Carpenters & Joiners can earn up to £40,000 per year
 •  Qualified Plasterers can earn up to £30,000 per year
 •  Qualified Bricklayers can earn up to £40,000 per year
 •  Qualified Painter & Decorators can earn up to £30,000 per year