Level 3 Building Services Design Technician


  • 16-18, Adults


A Building Services Design Technician apprenticeship provides overarching responsibility for Servicing, maintaining and commissioning services within a building such as planning and administering refurbishments of lighting, heating, ventilation, lifts etc.

This level 3 apprenticeship is equivalent to 2x A Level passes.

Typically this apprenticeship will take 24 months to complete.

Course Content

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
This qualification provides apprentices with the essential underpinning knowledge and understanding that would be needed to function competently in a building service based job role with some responsibility for management of work.

Units include: 

  • Construction Principles 
  • Construction Design
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Construction Technology
  • Provision of Primary Services
  • Building Services Science
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design 
  • Low Temperature Hot Water Systems
  • Electrical Principles in Building Services Engineering

Functional skills

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level, prior to completing their apprenticeship. 

Employment rights and responsibilities 

This component is completed as a tripartite function between the college, employer and apprentice and enables an apprentice to understand their own rights and responsibilities within the workplace, and must be evidenced prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.

What have apprentices who have completed this programme in the past progressed to?

Apprentices could progress into roles such as:

  • Engineering Technician Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager     

How you will be assessed

Your knowledge will be assessed through a mixture of assignments for the qualification units and any functional skills you need to take will be assessed online. 

The skills and behaviours will be assessed through a portfolio of work based evidence.

You will be required to complete End Point Assessment to achieve your apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment will include: 

Stage 1

  • A work based project 
  • A written report

Stage 2

  • Presentation based on work based project and Q&A
  • Structured interview based on the written report and portfolio of evidence

The college will also conduct pre EPA assessments in collaboration with employers and apprentices to ensure all apprentices are competent when progressing onto end point assessment.

Equipment and other costs

No additional costs will be incurred by apprentices or employers, unless specified within the commitment statement.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

An institute for apprenticeships regulated: 

  • Level 3 Building Services Design Technician apprenticeship certificate
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Building Services Engineering

For further information or to apply please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 020 7258 5658 or email apprenticeships@cwc.ac.uk

Is there additional work required by the student?

All apprentices are required to allocate 20% of their weekly working hours towards the completion of the apprenticeship programme and required off the job hours. 

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do or skills do I need to show before I can enrol?

We will undertake an assessment and skills scan to make sure that this qualification is suitable for you. It is preferable to have English and Maths GCSE Grade 4/C or above. 

Expected prior knowledge

Must be working in an applicable building services related role and have a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week.



Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here