Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction)

Ofqual code: 603/2512/4
Minimum total qualification time: 390 hours
Minimum guided learning hours: 202
Minimum credit value: 39

The Diploma in Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) allows learners to choose from the following specialist areas:

  • concrete repair
  • sprayed concrete
  • decorative concrete
  • concrete drilling
  • concrete sawing
  • concrete drilling and sawing
  • in situ flooring - screed
  • in situ flooring - resin
  • in situ flooring - concrete layer
  • in situ flooring - concrete finisher
  • in situ flooring - concrete plant operator
  • substrate preparation and profiling
  • concrete floating floor installation

It also develops knowledge and skills in areas such as health, safety and welfare; and moving, handling and storing resources.

This qualification may be available through colleges, training providers or employers in England and Wales.

Qualification rationale and objectives

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

This qualification is aimed at those who are in work and are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience.

Its primary purpose is to confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a specialist concreter. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers, industry managers and card schemes that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification (see Progression).

Objectives

The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills
  • providing access to a relevant card scheme

Recognition

This qualification is supported by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

CSCS provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in construction. The scheme recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

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

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

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 39 credits. Depending on the specialist area, learners must complete between five and eight mandatory units, plus possibly one optional unit, from the qualification structure. (See Qualification content and delivery tools.)

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • school and college students with part-time jobs that enable them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace
  • full-time and part-time study

There are no specific skills, knowledge and understanding or other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification. However, learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.

This qualification is mainly taken by individuals who are employed as specialist concreters.

Progression

Learners may progress from the Level 2 in Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) to a range of qualifications at Level 3 and above, including Occupational Work Supervision. 

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

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Concrete Repair)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 50).

Group award code: GN3E 68 (credit value 50)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Sprayed Concrete)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 48).

Group award code: GN3N 68 (credit value 48)

Please refer to the qualification structure (62 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Decorative Concrete)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 66).

Group award code: GN3G 68 (credit value 66)

Please refer to the qualification structure (64 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Concrete Drilling)

The qualification requires the learner to complete eight mandatory units (credit value 59).

Group award code: GN3C 68 (credit value 59)

Please refer to the qualification structure (72 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Concrete Sawing)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 60).

Group award code: GN3F 68 (credit value 60)

Please refer to the qualification structure (72 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Concrete Drilling and Sawing)

The qualification requires the learner to complete seven mandatory units (credit value 78).

Group award code: GN3A 68 (credit value 78)

Please refer to the qualification structure (73 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (In Situ Flooring – Screed)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 51).

Group award code: GN3M 68 (credit value 51)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (In Situ Flooring – Resin)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 49).

Group award code: GN3L 68 (credit value 49)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (In Situ Flooring – Concrete Layer)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 49).

Group award code: GN3J 68 (49 credit points)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (In Situ Flooring – Concrete Finisher)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 49).

Group award code: GN3H 68 (credit value 49)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (In Situ Flooring – Concrete Plant Operator)

The qualification requires the learner to complete four mandatory units (credit value 20) and a minimum of one optional unit (credit value 30).

Group award code: GN3K 68 (credit value 50)

Please refer to the qualification structure (66 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Substrate Preparation and Profiling)

The qualification requires the learner to complete five mandatory units (credit value 39).

Group award code: GN3P 68 (credit value 39)

Please refer to the qualification structure (62 KB) for more information.

Specialist Concrete Occupations (Construction) - (Concrete Floating Floor Installation)

The qualification requires the learner to complete six mandatory units (credit value 46).

Group award code: GN3D 68 (credit value 46)

Please refer to the qualification structure (62 KB) for more information.

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 assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or 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 demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current 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 tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

Learner portfolio

Assessment strategy/principle