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Professional Construction Practice Level 3 (A Level equivalent)

With new emerging technologies, there is a need for enhanced training in architecture, engineering, surveying and construction. The course has been developed by ISG, the world’s most dynamic construction service company, to address the skills gap that exists in professional construction and to address the gender imbalance in the industry.

The course is designed to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the construction industry. 

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A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: WJEC




  • What will I study and learn?

    The following combination of units will be offered:

    • Design the Built Environment focuses on the various stages of the design and planning processes, the impact of health and safety on design and the provision of primary service utilities.

    • Create the Built Environment focuses on the existing and developing processes required to construct a range of buildings including the use of project management and quality assurance. Consideration is also given to job roles within the industry, their interrelationship and career progression.

    • Value and Use the Built Environment focuses on the engagement of stakeholders and communities in the development and use of the built environment. The protection of the environment and the physical structure in the use of the built environment will also be considered.

    • BIM and Construction Projects focuses on the application of building information modelling to the design, creation and maintenance of built assets.

    The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment and exams.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All assessment is by coursework assignment. This may involve written work and presentations.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    This would be studied alongside other A Level subjects such as Maths, Architecture or Business. 

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to be good at keeping up to date with assignments and you should have an interest architecture, engineering, surveying and/or construction.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The course is equivalent to one A Level and up to 56 UCAS points. The course will be run alongside two other A Levels of your choice.

    It therefore provides an entry route to university to study undergraduate degrees courses such as Construction Management, Town Planning, Architecture and Construction Engineering.

    It could also lead to a potential apprenticeship with ISG and other construction companies.

    The course also provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities within the construction industry on the technical and professional side.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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