T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction (Civil Engineering)


  • 16-18
  • 20 hours per week


Backed by industry to produce the skilled people of the future to create a better built environment.

T Levels are new qualifications that follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. The T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning (Civil Engineering) combines classroom theory and practical learning, and is made up of the following:

  1. A technical qualification studied over two years which covers the core knowledge required in the construction and built environment sector plus specific specialist occupational skills in civil engineering
  2. An industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) with an employer to make sure you have authentic experience of the workplace

The purpose of the T Level Technical Qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction (Civil Engineering) is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study, including university.

The core component of the technical qualification is assessed using two externally marked written examinations and one externally marked employer set project. The Civil Engineering occupational specialist component is assessed by one externally set and marked project.

The core content includes:

  • Health and safety
  • Science
  • Measurement
  • Building technology
  • Digital technology
  • Construction mathematical techniques
  • Design
  • Construction and the built environment industry
  • Sustainability
  • Project management

The occupational specialist Civil Engineering content includes:

  • Site investigation requirements of a project
  • Planning of civil engineering projects
  • Analysing the client brief and its requirements to develop civil engineering solutions
  • Using calculation techniques to support analysis of civil engineering projects
  • Site survey requirements of a project
  • Selection of techniques and materials for a civil engineering project
  • Development of final design solutions for civil engineering projects
  • Application of professional techniques in the production of technical reports

Why do this?

  1. You will develop diverse transferable knowledge, skills and behaviours leading to highly paid employment in the Construction and Built Environment sector which includes the Green Economy and Sustainable Development, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Infrastructure Planning and Design, Quantity Surveying, and many more built environment roles.
  2. You will gain real work experience with an industrial placement which could lead to a fully funded degree apprenticeship on completion of the course.
  3. The course does not contain as much formal assessment as traditional vocational BTEC courses which means you can spend more time studying and learning without the pressure of continually being assessed.
  4. The course puts sustainability and green technology at the forefront of its curriculum design and you will learn how the construction industry can cut its carbon footprint to work towards reaching net-zero.
  5. To embark on and enjoy a career where you can be a trailblazer, innovator and creator helping to make the built environment a better place to live in.
  6. To work in an increasingly diverse profession where, as an example, over a third of all civil engineering technicians are women.
  7. For those who want to follow an academic route there is the chance to choose university to study full-time for a BEng or BSc in a construction and built environment related subject.
  8. You will have regular contact with mentors and ambassadors from both higher education and industry who will help you develop your skills and behaviours, and prepare you for whichever path you take after achieving your T-Level.

Where will students go after completing this course?

  • Degree apprenticeships or employment with major construction-engineering companies
  • University to study from a wide range of construction and built environment disciplines.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

The overall qualification is graded on the scale of Unclassified, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. UCAS points are allocated to overall T Level grades with D* achieving 168 points which is the same as three A* grades at A Level.

Awarding Body

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Entry Requirements

  1. A minimum GCSE grade 5 in mathematics plus at least four other GCSE grades 9-4 which must include English Language and Science.
  2. An interview to determine a candidate's suitability for the programme, where behaviours, motivation and basic knowledge of the construction industry is assessed by a course tutor.


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.

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