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Design, Surveying & Planning T Level Programme (Level 3)
September 2024 start

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Construction output in the UK totals more than £110 billion per year, which means a qualification in construction opens up a range of opportunities, giving you the practical and technical skills to build an exciting, and high level, career!

    Delivered by expert tutors and industry specialists, this programme will broaden your options; you’ll cover a variety of topics, so that when it comes to employment, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to go wherever your ambitions take you, whether that’s managing a big build, or designing a new home.

    Equivalent to three A Levels, this two-year programme has also been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so you can rest assured that that the content is relevant and up to date.

    You’ll spend 20% of your time on an industry placement, giving you vital experience in the world of work and a CV to wow future employers. Your employer may also provide you with that invaluable first reference, whilst a number of our students have also been offered full-time contracts following successful Industry Placements.
  • What you'll learn

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    This course is delivered by expert tutors and industry specialists, ensuring that the skills you learn are up to date and demanded by the construction industry.

    Topics covered include:
    • Building technology
    • Surveying tehniques
    • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
    • Sustainability
    • Design & Management of Construction Projects

    On your Industry Placement, you’ll work alongside professionals in the construction sector, possibly working on a real-life construction project, and then depending on where your ambitions lie, you’ll take it to the next level, focusing on an occupational specialism: Building Services Design; Civil Engineering, Surveying & Design for Construction & the Built Environment; or Hazardous Materials Analysis & Surveying.

    Elements of study
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject - 80% of your programme
    • Employability skills, such as punctuality, attendance, communication and team work but most especially the values and expectations of your chosen occupational sector
    • Industry Placement, giving you a taste of working life – 20% of your programme
    • Tutorial and personal development, such as healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills


    Industry Placement
    The Industry Placement is at the heart of your T Level; you’ll experience an extended sector-specific Industry Placement, completing a high-level project with an employer, for 20% of your programme. You’ll be supported throughout by your own dedicated Workplace Coordinator, which means that on completion of your course, you’ll be work ready, with the qualifications and experience to progress to either your dream career or university!
  • Entry requirements

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    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English and a Science, preferably Physics.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll be assessed via a mixture of employer-set projects and exam(s).
  • Future opportunities

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    The sole purpose of a T Level is to prepare you for employment and a dynamic career. Due to the broad range of topics covered on the Construction T Level, you’ll be equipped for a career in a variety of sectors. You could work as a:

    • Architect, designing new buildings or restoring and conserving old buildings, earning up to £90,000 per year
    • Quantity Surveyor, overseeing construction projects and controlling costs, earning up to £80,000 per year
    • Construction Manager, organising the work on building projects, earning up to £65,000 per year

    As the T Level is equivalent to three A Levels, you could even decide to progress to university or a paid Apprenticeship, if you choose.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services including FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors (LDMs); impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from departmental and cross-college enrichment with:
    • Inspiring trips and experiences
    • Meetings with industry experts
    • Visits to leading companies in your sector

    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing
  • Preparing for your career

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you'll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor, supporting you throughout your time at College. You'll also have access to a Careers Advisors and Work Placement Officer - they'll help you to manage your studies; oversee your progress; aid in your personal development; and enrich your learning, giving you exposure to not only employers, but leading companies in your sector.

    You'll benefit from masterclasses, industry visits and project-based learning, and you'll also receive support with CV writing, personal statements, mock interviews and more, so that when it comes to the crunch, you have the skills and confidence to impress.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.

    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a lecture theatre; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen.

    You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations
  • How to apply?

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    Click the yellow ‘Apply’ button on this page.

    You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account so that you can track your application and enrol online. You’ll also be asked to book your interview for your course at the same time.

    If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email learner.hub@boltoncc.ac.uk
  • Open Events

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    Open Events are the best way to discover what life as a Bolton College student is like, giving you an insight into College life.

    Open Events at our Deane Road Campus are as follows:
    • Tuesday 17th October 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 15th November 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday 14th December 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 6th February 2024, 5pm-8pm

    If you’d like to attend one of these events, register by visiting here
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
  • Start Date:

    02/09/2024

  • End Date:

    03/07/2026

  • Time:

    09:00 - 16:00
    0.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    0 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

  • Course Code:

    BP123-YPT3-Z