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Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Professions
Subject: Construction
Type: FE
Qualification Level: 3
Duration: 2 Years (PT)
Division: Genesis Centre
Attendance: 1 day per week
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Location: Somerset College
Mode of study: PT
Mode of delivery: Work-based Learning
Start date: Flexible, please enquire
How to apply: Direct to the college

Construction Professions have a range of frameworks available for a variety of pathways in Construction. We offer the following four qualifications for Advanced Apprenticeships in Construction: Construction Contracting Operations, Technical Design for the Built Environment, Construction Site Supervision and Surveying.

Britain’s construction sector employs 2.2 million people in more than 200,000 firms, making it one of the country’s largest industries. It is also one of the most diverse, offering hundreds of different job types, such as installers and subcontractors, along with organisations central to the design, build, operation and refurbishment of buildings. Apprenticeships allow you to learn, work, earn and get a qualification all at the same time. 

As an apprentice you will work for an employer and be paid a wage or training allowance. You will have a contract of employment and will be entitled to holidays and other terms of employment just like the rest of the workforce.


The Level 3 apprenticeship takes 2 years.  You will attend college for 1 day a week and the remaining 4 days will be spent in the workplace.

 Finding an employer:

You will need to make contact with employers, preferably by telephone, for interview opportunities.  It is important that you contact as many companies as possible.

Helpful hints on how to find an employer:

  • Ask your parents, family, friends and neighbours if they know of any construction companies in your area
  • Look in the Yellow Pages
  • Contact your local careers or connexions office

When you have an employer who has agreed to accept you as an apprentice, inform the College who will arrange to meet with them and explain what is expected of you, of them and also the College's responsibilities.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching has an emphasis on 'learning by doing'.  During the course you will study a range of units developing your knowledge and skills through practical and theory sessions. 

Achievement will be through the successful completion of the whole apprenticeship framework.

Technical certificates are delivered one day a week in the College. For your NVQ portfolio you will gather evidence to meet the NVQ criteria through practical work with your employer. For your NVQ portfolio you will gather evidence to meet the NVQ criteria through practical work with your employer.

Design for the Built Environment Advanced Apprenticeship

Construction Contracting Operations Advanced Apprenticeship

Construction Site Supervision Advanced Apprenticeship

Surveying Advanced Apprenticeship

Career Opportunities

There are over 30 career choices within the construction professions. Completion of the level 3 framework will provide you with the opportunity to study further in the workplace for career advancement such as:

Architecture                           Engineering                              Surveying

Architect                          Building Services Engineer    Building Control Surveyor
Architectural Technician     Civil Engineer                      Building Surveyor
Architectural Technologist  Structural Engineer               Geomatic Engineer/Geospatial Surveyor
Landscape Architect                                                   Quantity Surveyor

Planning & Management        

Construction Manager
Facilities Manager
Project Manager
Project Planner
Town & Country Planner  

Entry Requirements

To enter the industry in a Construction Professions role you will need a good basic education, a minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English are required. You will be invited to interview with a member of the course team and be required to undertake an initial assessment to determine your suitability to succeed in this field.


An equipment list will be sent out prior to the course starting. Basic IT knowledge will be required to complete the electronic portfolio.


Tel:  01823 366 331  Email:  enquiries@somerset.ac.uk

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