higher construction

You will have the opportunity to apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve construction problems using industry standards and develop personal and business skills, enabling you to contribute to the demands of a professional environment.

Average Duration: The apprenticeship runs for 18 months

Course Information

Construction and the Built Environment Higher Apprenticeship is made up of a framework which includes:

  • Construction and the Built environment NVQ Diploma Level 4
  • Construction and the Built environment Diploma Level 4


Students can progress on to roles such as Construction Site Manager, Commercial Manager, Quantity Surveyor and also complete higher qualifications such as HND/Degree in Construction Management.


BTEC: Requires approximately 40 tutor-led workshop days over the duration of the program(can be delivered on site if the employer has space). However there is a requirement for self-directed learning throughout the program and assessment is via reports and assignments.

NVQ: Each learner will be allocated an assessor who will meet them in the workplace to support development of required knowledge evidence, collection of product evidence and carry out observation of real work activities. All learners will also be required to carry out a work related research project over a 12 month period.

Entry qualifications

Applicants will be assessed and interviewed to demonstrate that they are able to cover the range required by the relevant NVQ at work. In addition, the apprentices are expected to carry out initial assessments in English and Maths where they would be expected to ideally achieve Level 2 in both subject areas. If an apprentice has GCSE Grade C and above in these subjects then they do not have to do functional skills as a part of the apprenticeship.

Unit Title

Mandatory Units include:

BTEC (Theory):

  • Design principles and application
  • Science and materials
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Group Project
  • Co-ordinating and Organising the Control of Work
  • Controlling Work Progress Against Agreed Programmes
  • Allocating and Monitoring the Use of Plant, Equipment or Machinery
  • NVQ (Competency in the Workplace):
  • Maintaining Systems for Health, Safety, Welfare and Environmental Protection
  • Assessing and Recommending Work Methods for Carrying Out Site Operations
  • Planning Activities and Resources to Meet Work Requirements
  • Co-ordinating and Organising the Control of Work
  • Controlling Work Progress Against Agreed Programmes
  • Allocating and Monitoring the Use of Plant, Equipment or Machinery

Optional units include:

BTEC (Theory)

  • IT applications in the construction environment
  • Measuring, tendering and estimating
  • APPLIED Maths
  • Project management
  • Management principles
  • Production Management for construction
  • Measuring, Tendering and estimating for construction
  • Personal and professional development
  • Research project
  • Contractual procedures and procurement
  • Law and contract for construction

NVQ (Competency)

  • Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships
  • Maintaining Supplies of Materials to Meet Project Requirements
  • Implementing Communication Systems for Construction Projects
  • Maintaining the Dimensional Accuracy of Work
  • Controlling Work Against Agreed Standards
  • Contributing to the Control of Work Quantities and Costs
  • Co-ordinating Preparation Work for Site or Lifting Operations
  • Allocating Work and Checking People‚Äôs Performance


One day a week at our Tottenham Centre or Enfield Centre and the rest of the time working closely with an employer.

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