Construction Level 3 (Two-year)

Level 3

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Available from September 2021

Qualifications and titles are in development and subject to change.

The Construction Level 3 (Two-year) qualification will need to be taken as part of an apprenticeship. It allows learners to demonstrate the range of their occupational knowledge, skills and understanding in a construction trade of their choice.

It is aimed at learners who have either achieved the Foundation in Construction and the Built Environment, or will be completing the Foundation learning and assessments while in their apprenticeship. This qualification will enable learners to go on to study other Level  3 construction courses relevant to their choice of trade.

Note: The model for how the Foundation learning and assessments are taken as part of an apprenticeship is currently under review.

It is suitable for:

  • learners aged 16+ currently working in the construction sector
  • learners who have either passed the Foundation in Construction and the Built Environment qualification or will be completing their Foundation learning and assessments while in their apprenticeship.

Learners choose a trade in the construction sector and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding for that trade, as contained in the National Occupational Standards.

Learners will focus their time on one chosen trade unit.

Note: As the consultation process and qualification design progresses the titling of the trade units are subject to change.

Trade units:

  • Roof slater and tiler
  • Construction operations: general construction (enhanced)
  • Plant operator
  • Dry lining – fixing.

Learners will also complete two ‘core’ units covering the construction sector and practice in the sector within Wales.

The qualification will be portable throughout the UK and is aimed to develop learners’ ability to meet the demands of the construction sector in Wales, including working with traditional, new and pre-1919 building stock and understanding new and emerging technologies, such as drones and 3D printing.

The qualification is designed to be completed on a part-time basis within an apprenticeship. Before the assessments, learners must first demonstrate their performance and capability to the satisfaction of their employer.

The different entry points on to this qualification mean the assessment routes vary.

If the learner has achieved both the Foundation and Progression qualifications they must successfully complete:

  • one externally set, externally marked multiple choice test
  • one employer-set, internally assessed project covering their chosen trade area
  • one externally marked professional discussion.

If the learner has achieved the Foundation qualification but not completed the Progression Qualification, they must successfully complete:

  • two externally set, externally marked multiple choice tests.
  • one employer-set, internally assessed project covering their chosen trade area
  • one externally marked professional discussion.

If the learner takes this Level 3 qualification as part of their apprenticeship without first achieving the Foundation qualification or Progression qualification, they must successfully complete:

  • four externally set, externally marked multiple-choice tests.
  • one externally set, internally marked project
  • one employer-set, internally assessed project covering their chosen trade area
  • one externally marked professional discussion.

On completion, the qualification will provide learners with the skills and knowledge required for the learner to be capable of working in their chosen trade across the UK.

This page was last updated on 16/03/2020 at 14:51 pm

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