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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 Design Co-ordinator or Design and Build Co-ordinator. In the case of small or medium sized construction companies, the roles are likely to include Design Co-ordinator or Design Manager. They are associated with the co-ordination of design information on construction projects and are based on construction sites, with occasional time 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/4 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

This apprenticeship includes the requirement to achieve the HNC qualification in Construction and Built Environment which contributes to the Knowledge criteria in the apprenticeship.

The following Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours will also need to be achieved during the programme;



  • Client Requirements - Know how to analyse client requirements and ensure comprehensive survey information.
  • Health and Safety - Understand risk assessment of design solutions and the importance of behaviours in safety-critical environments.
  • Sustainability - Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and environmental aspects.
  • Construction Technology - Understand different construction methods and materials and building regulations.
  • Develop Designs - Understand how to develop detailed designs in line with client requirements and construction process.
  • Design Documentation - Understand how to co-ordinate design information in both electronic and paper form.
  • Monitor Compliance - Understand construction contracts and client quality standards.
  • Monitor costs - Understand the importance of cost control on a construction project.



  • Client Requirements - Assist in the assessment and presentation of client requirements.
  • Health and Safety - Identify risk in designs and suggest actions to reduce risks.
  • Sustainability - Assess, identify and record the environmental impact of projects.
  • Construction Technology - Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects whilst maintaining adherence to building regulations.
  • Develop Designs - Prepare and present design proposals and solutions.
  • Design Documentation - Control document production and design information.
  • Monitor Compliance - Inspect and report on quality standards and assist in commissioning of finished construction projects.
  • Monitor costs – Understand financial and legal constraints and measure and record progress against budget.



  • Professional Judgement - Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others.
  • Commitment to Code of Ethics - Understand and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to 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.
  • 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?



Once the apprentice has achieved the HNC and Level 2 English and Maths, completed a digital portfolio and satisfied the off-the-job training requirements of the Employer Gateway, an End-point Assessment will take place which will be delivered in the following order:


  • Online Test – this underpins the knowledge required to work as a Construction Design and Build Technician and 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 5 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 studies.

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


Progression could be into the following roles:

Design Manager

Contracts Manager

Construction Manager


The apprenticeship could also lead to you gaining chartered status and further qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), with the potential for moving into a Project Director role.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Matthew Hitchcock

Matthew Hitchcock

Peak Award winner Matthew on course to become quantity surveyor

Award-winning trainee quantity surveyor Matthew Hitchcock said his Derby College studies and workplace training complemented each other "perfectly" to launch his career. West Hallam teenager Matthew enjoyed studying maths and product design at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.
He had an idea even then that he might go into quantity surveying, and periods spent on work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland, and its subsidiary, Keyclad, reinforced the plan. When Matthew left school with good grades, he landed an apprenticeship with Keyclad at Heage, where he had already forged some links.
His line managers encouraged him to take the Derby College BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment. Matthew said he was excited by the course – saying it provided a broad overview of its subject matter and it "really helped him".
Matthew studied in college for a day-and a-half-a week for two years, completing the extended course with three distinction stars and he was named apprentice of the Year at the College's Peak Awards. Now, through Keyclad, he is studying one day a week at Nottingham Trent University for a Bachelor of science degree. After that he is planning to gain his RICS qualifications to become a chartered surveyor.

I think the diversity of the college course really helped me, because we learnt about design, as well as measurement and project management. It was quite varied and you got a good overview.

I learnt things at college that I couldn't learn at work. On the other hand, I learned a lot of things at work which transferred into my college essays, studies, and also helped my input into the classes. It came together perfectly. I felt lucky to have the support of such professional lecturers.

One of the best things was working with various students, because a lot of us work in different industries. The students all had different ideas and we brought them all together.


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