Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations

Ofqual code: 601/4154/2
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 900
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 370
Minimum Credit value: 90

The Level 3 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as: developing and maintaining working relationships, preparing and processing invitations to tender, preparing programmes and schedules of work, operating project information systems, and operating health, safety and welfare systems in construction. Learners can specialise in several different areas of Construction Contracting Operations.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Buying
  • Design co-ordination
  • Estimating
  • General
  • Planning
  • Site technical support
  • Surveying

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

This qualification can be offered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to ensure competence in Construction Contracting Operations.

Learners can build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification or gaining employment.

The Diploma will provide a sound basis for working or advancing in the subject area for a range of potential learners.

Objectives

The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Supporting a role in the workplace
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills

Purpose

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm the learner’s occupational competence in a range of jobs in the construction sector, including

  • Estimator
  • Buyer
  • Planner
  • Surveyor
  • Site Technical Support

As a work-related, competence-based qualification it will provide, on completion, confirmation to employers and industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to progress to a range of jobs in the construction sector.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner at work. The learner will demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with currently legislation and company procedures. The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience.

This qualification has a range of pathways and is linked to typical job roles that learners will encounter within the industry.

To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of 90 credits. You must complete mandatory units plus options units from the following structures:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Buying 
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Design Co-ordinator
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Estimating
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: General
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Planning
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Site Technical Support
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Surveying 

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • School leavers
  • Apprentices
  • Adult returners to education
  • People in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • Individuals who wish to start their own business
  • learners with no prior experience
  • learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • full time part time employees
  • school and college students with a part time job or work experience that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals who are seeking employment in a range of jobs in the construction sector, including:

  • Estimator
  • Buyer
  • Planner
  • Surveyor
  • Site Technical Support
  • Design Co-ordinator

Apprenticeships

This qualification is a mandatory component in the Construction Technical Apprenticeship.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations to a range of qualifications at a higher level, including Construction Site Supervision at QCF level 4. They can also progress to SQA’s Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations.

This qualification can lead to employment within the construction industry.

What approvals are needed?

Centres must 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 90 credits. You must complete mandatory units plus options units from the following structures:

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Buying

Group Award code: GK07 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (82 KB)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Design Co-ordinator

Group Award code: GK05 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (83 KB)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Estimating

Group Award code: GK0C 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (82 KB)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: General

Group Award code: GK08 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (82 KB)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Planning

Group Award code: GK09 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (82 KB)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Site Technical Support

Group Award code: GK0A 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (82 KB)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations: Surveying

Group Award code: GK0D 79

For information on the structure of these qualifications, please refer to the Qualification Structure. (82 KB)

Ofqual: 601/4154/2

Unit specifications

Unit specifications for this qualification are available on the Regulated Qualifications unit search.

How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements/assessment criteria and approaches to assessment for the unit. 

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle