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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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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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