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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 3

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Typical job roles associated with this apprenticeship can include Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Assistant Construction Surveyor, Quantity Surveying Technician, Assistant Cost Engineer or Assistant Cost Analyst. Construction Quantity Surveying Technicians are associated with the monitoring and control of costs and contracts on construction projects and are based on sites or in offices.

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and the access they have to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

Successful apprentices will gain a Level 4 HNC qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies as meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership.

English and Maths at Level 3 will need to be achieved before taking the End-point Assessment and will be included in the Level 4 qualification.

This apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status - or the equivalent - with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above), and Science. Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths. Alternatively you should have:

  • an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, plus GCSE English and Maths (grade 5 or above), with preferably a 6+ (B) grade for GCSE Maths
  • a relevant Level 3 qualification, Advanced Apprenticeship or Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • five years relevant work experience together with a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above)

Course Content

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Knowledge required

Health and Safety

Understand the principles and responsibilities imposed by law and other regulations in a construction environment

Sustainability

Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and environmental aspects

Construction Technology

Understand different construction techniques and materials and the principles of design

Contracts

Understand different forms of contracts used in construction and why they are applied in different situations

Procurement

Understand the different types of procurement process and negotiation requirements

Cost control

Understand the importance of controlling costs during a construction project and the effect of changes to the project

Financial reporting

Understand the various forms of reporting on project progress

Skills required

Health and Safety

Apply health and safety issues to all activities

Sustainability

Demonstrate application of the principles of sustainability

Construction Technology

Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects

Contracts

Be able to apply different types of contracts to different situations

Procurement

Assist in the selection of and negotiation with specialist contractors for a construction project

Cost control

Assist in the measurement and costing of construction works during a project

Financial reporting

Assist in the preparation of financial reports, cash flow and cost forecasts for a construction project

Administration

Assist in the collection, collation and storage of relevant data and its analysis

Behaviours required

Commitment to Code of Ethics

Understand and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to the industry’s recognised professional bodies

Continuing Professional Development

Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested

Commitment to Equality and Diversity

Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work

Communicate Effectively

Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written

Conflict Avoidance

Be able to assist in planning to avoid conflict and resolving issues that do arise

Work in Teams

Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational way

Demonstrate Innovation

Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative solutions

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods

Once the apprentice has satisfied the requirements of the Gateway, an End-point Assessment will take place which will be delivered in the following order:

  • Online Test – The Online Test underpins the knowledge required to work as a Construction Quantity Surveying Technician so it needs to be completed and passed as the first element of the End-point Assessment process.
  • Project – Apprentices must pass the Project before taking the Professional Discussion.
  • Professional Discussion – Ideally, the Professional Discussion should be taken and achieved by the end of month 4 following the Gateway.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls, which should be supplied by your employer.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study:

You could pursue a degree programme in your chosen professional area.

Careers:

Progression could be into the following roles:

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Construction Surveyor
  • Cost Engineer
  • Cost Analyst

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Luke Green

Luke Green

Luke ditches sixth form for college and a future in quantity surveying

Teenager Luke Green admits he had no idea “whatsoever” about his future career before he switched from sixth form to Derby College.
 
Now he has his sights set on gaining a higher apprenticeship as he works towards life as a quantity surveyor. Gaining a place at College was a weight off his mind.
 
Luke, 18, has gained three Distinction *s in the first year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Construction in the Built Environment. Previously, he had been studying A Level maths, economics and psychology at school.
 
He did not enjoy it and he could not see where it was leading. Luke wanted to find a new direction and his careers teacher pointed out a Derby College professional construction course which might appeal to him.
 
He went to an open day and liked what he saw. Luke finds his lecturers supportive and he really enjoys having a tangible career target to aim for.
 
As part of his course, Luke is also gaining valuable work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland at Heage, where his attitude to work has impressed his mentor Emma Hibbert. Quantity surveyor Emma said: “Luke is keen to learn and mixes well with the team in the office.
 
“We give him a varied set of tasks to do to enable him to understand what a QS does on a daily basis to help his understanding of the role. “Luke has good attention to detail and is thorough in the tasks he is given to do, he asks questions when he is unsure of something and his time- keeping is also very good.
 
“Taking on Derby College students like Luke allows our business to see what the student’s work ethic is like. It also allows the student to find out more about the role, which means they have a better understanding of what they are coming to do. It helps them realise, before they start work, if the role is right for them.”

When I was accepted, it was a weight of my mind because I knew I didn’t want to do the sixth form, and I wanted to know what I was going to do in the next academic year. I went for the course because it’s a nice mixture of on-site and off-site office work and you get multiple options for your career. I want to go on to a higher apprenticeship and then become a quantity surveyor.

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