Built Environment (Building Studies) Advanced Apprenticeship – C4903

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Course Overview

This Framework is designed to provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge required to carry out their job role and support future progression within the sector. The apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum apprenticeship wage. The apprentice will attend college on a day release basis and should achieve the Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.
This qualification is achieved through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training (at college) and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. On completion, the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, appropriate to their job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the Industry.

Level 3 is ideal if you’ve worked in the construction industry and have plenty of experience. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your skills further and move into a senior role or a position with more responsibility.

As an apprentice, you are entitled to at least the apprenticeship rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) in the first year of your apprenticeship. If you are aged 19 or over in the second year of your apprenticeship, you will be entitled to the ordinary NMW. The NMW for apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course involves a BTEC 12 Unit Diploma taken in college and an NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations taken in the workplace and English and maths at level 2 if required. This course would benefit junior technicians employed in the construction industry. On completion, you will receive a generic technician qualification alongside your NVQ Diploma. You will learn about health, safety and environmental issues faced on construction sites, and how to communicate with others on the job. You will also learn practical skills specific to brickwork, including how to build and repair structures, walls, chimneys, walkways and foundations using various types of blocks and brick. Their work can range from a house extension to a major stadium project
This course covers the following units: health safety and welfare in construction and the built environment, sustainable construction, maths in construction and the built environment, science and materials in construction, construction technology and design in construction, building technology in construction, project management in construction, graphical detailing in construction, measuring, estimating and tendering processes, surveying in construction, building surveying and building regulations.

Year 2

Within the second year you will complete your practical assessments and also focus on completing your competencies within your NVQ portfolio. This will be your responsibility to complete your job knowledge questions and also ensure that you cover the range of work required for your assessor to observe you in your working environment.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 16 or over and not in full-time education or on any other training programme. You also need to have lived in the UK for the past three years.
There are no formal entry requirements for any level, however the employer may stipulate entry qualifications when recruiting an apprentice to a particular job role.

Students will be expected to have a contract to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. This must be paid employment. However, you can still apply for this course if you are actively seeking employment, but this must be in place before you can commence the training.

As there may be different entry requirements for apprenticeships, depending on the occupational sector, all students are required to have an initial assessment test.

How you will be assessed

This apprenticeship will be covered through on-site assessments and a completion of your portfolio. You will also be required to complete a series of assignments after you have been taught your technical knowledge.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Additional Costs

Must wear PPE


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

If you show promise and cover the range of work you could also progress onto a higher level apprenticeship within construction. You could also enrol on to a site management apprenticeship or move into project management. The skills you learn will enable you to transfer these skills within the construction industry.

What Happens Next

You can express your interest for this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.

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