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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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George Barwick

George Barwick

Professional Construction course - ‘the best thing I ever did!’

Not so long ago, student George Barwick was feeling “a little lost” and didn’t know what the future held for him. Now he says every day is different and he has a future career as an architectural technologist planned.
 
He is enjoying work experience with Derby-based architects Morrison Design. Eighteen-year-old George went straight from school to a Derby College engineering apprenticeship which he completed in one year instead of two.
 
But it wasn’t really where he saw his future. His eyes lit up when he learned through the college about Professional Construction, with the potential to eventually become an architectural technologist.
 
George completed the first year of his Level 3 course with a distinction and distinction*s and said enrolling was “the best thing I ever did”.
 
Now in his second year, George’s achievements are all the more remarkable because he has hearing problems after contracting meningitis as a baby.
 
His hearing gradually worsened and while he was completing his GCSEs, George had a cochlea ear implant fitted.
 
His final grades shot up, through a combination of intense hard work and “because I could actually hear what everybody was talking about.” The college provides a notetaker and transcriber to help him in lectures. He aims to go on to complete further qualifications at university, ideally through an apprenticeship.George’s Derby College mentor is Anthony Page, senior architectural technologist at Morrison Design, and a member of the College’s Skills Academy. The practice employs 22 people, with four of them coming via Derby College.
 
Anthony said: "We’ve been impressed with George’s enthusiasm and ability. The majority of the guys we’ve had from Derby College have also been fantastic. We’ve really got only good things to say about it. “Our link is helping to provide Morrison Design with good young staff, who are effectively going to be the future of the company, and they get a good place to start from to go on to be an architectural technologist or a fully-fledged architect.”

The College gives that little bit extra. It has been extremely helpful. Brilliant. You get so much hands-on knowledge and experience.


If it wasn’t for the Skills Academy here, I wouldn’t be getting the practical skills that I need. Your mentor is part of the Skills Academy and it’s all about getting you prepared for a job, combining the academy process with learning about work.


I don’t know what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found this course. I felt a bit lost to the point where I was thinking ‘why did I work so hard on my GCSEs?’ It’s the best thing I ever did.

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