NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design at QCF level 3

NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design at QCF level 3

The NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design at QCF level 3 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as carrying out and presenting measured surveys, collating project information and preparing specifications, and preparing drawings and schedules.

The qualification also covers producing and recommending detailed design solutions, investigating factors affecting project development, and maintaining professional relationships.

Candidates can specialise in two areas of Built Environment Design:

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification offers centres flexibility and choice because of the comprehensive range of optional Units.

Learners can progress to a range of courses at a higher level including Construction Site Supervision at QCF level 4, allowing centres to retain or build student numbers.

These Diploma in Built Environment Design at QCF level 3 can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for candidates aged 16 years and over, including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business

It is ideal for candidates who work, or wish to work in the construction and built environment sector as design technicians or those involved in producing design solutions, surveys, drawings and tenders.

Progression

This qualification can lead to progression into job roles such as a Construction Design Technician with responsibility for pproducing detailed design solutions to achieve optimum functionality, energy efficiency and performance of built environment projects and for those who  produce drawings and presentations using computer aided design software and sketches, electronic visualisations and models.

Candidates who successfully complete this qualification can also progress into other construction management qualifications, including SQA Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision.

Approval

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

These qualifications require the learner to complete mandatory and optional Units.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure documents.

NVQ Diploma Built Environment Design: Architecture at QCF Level 3

This Diploma consists of five mandatory Units and nine optional Units.

Learners must achieve a minimum of 102 credits by completing all of the required Units for one pathway only (Architecture or Civil and Structural Engineering) (102 QCF credit points).

Group Award code: GK04 79

Ofqual Code: 601/4162/1

NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design: Civil and Structural Engineering at QCF Level 3

This Diploma consists of five mandatory Units and nine optional Units. Learners must achieve a minimum of 105 credits by completing all of the required Units for one pathway only (Architecture or Civil and Structural Engineering).

Group Award code: GK06 79

Ofqual Code: 601/4162/1

 

Apprenticeships

This qualification is included as the competence component within the Advanced Construction Technical Apprenticeship.  Candidates may wish to do this qualification as part of the Apprenticeship, or on its own.   If candidates complete this qualification as part of the Apprenticeship they will be required to undergo additional training, over and above the core qualification, in areas including employment rights and responsibility and/or English and maths.

They may wish to consider taking this qualification outside of the Apprenticeship framework:

  • to maximise their employment opportunities within this sector, as not all employers offer Apprenticeship places for this particular job role
  • the full Apprenticeship may not be relevant to those who are already in employment but wish to gain recognition and/or certification of their skills
  • if they meet the entry requirements to take the qualification but not those required for the apprenticeship route

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance

Unit Specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact mycentre@sqa.org.uk.

Assessment strategy

Learner Guidance and Portfolio

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