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Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The National Diploma is a two year course of 720 GLH which supports enthusiastic learners interested in working or are already working in the construction sector. It has been developed by employers and professional bodies to ensure it fully supports entry onto the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment or a range of relevant specialist degrees; as well as other construction career pathways at technician level such as design/architecture, construction supervision/management. It is equivalent to 2 “A” levels.

Entry Requirements:

Four GCSEs including maths, English and Science GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above or a vocational course at Level 2.

What does the course involve?:

Construction principles, design and technology as well as health and safety and building regulations in the first year, followed by in the second year surveying, graphical detailing, project management, building surveying and quantity surveying. This is to prepare you for employment, Apprenticeships and Higher Education in jobs such as Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Site Supervision, Contracts Management and Architecture. It also allows progression to the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

How is the course assessed?:

There are ten units of which seven are mandatory. Two units are externally set and marked. Eight assessments are internally set and assessed; using a range of assessment methods including assignments, reports, phase tests, individual projects, surveys, risk assessments and method statements. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this particular course.

How much does it cost?:

Trips: A full or partial contribution to any trips must be made, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip.

Additional Notes:

 Equipment: we highly recommend that you have a 4GB memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity, lever arch file, note pad, protective footwear, and waterproof coat.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The National Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course  that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in construction areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in construction or a professional construction role and Higher Apprenticeships in the construction sector. It is equivalent in size to three “A” levels 

Entry Requirements:

Four GCSEs including maths, English and Science GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above or a vocational course at Level 2.

What does the course involve?:

Construction principles, design and technology as well as health and safety units to prepare you for employment, Apprenticeships and Higher Education in jobs such as Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Site Supervision, Contracts Management and Architecture. It also allows progression to the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

How is the course assessed?:

There are fifteen units of which nine are mandatory. Three units are externally set and marked. Twelve assessments are internally set and assessed; using a range of assessment methods including assignments, reports, phase tests, individual projects, surveys, risk assessments and method statements. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this particular course

How much does it cost?:

Trips: A full or partial contribution to any trips must be made, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip.

Additional Notes:

 Equipment: we highly recommend that you have a 4GB memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity, lever arch file, note pad, protective footwear, and waterproof coat.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

An introduction and guide for people who would like the opportunity to gain plastering skills. Having gained a basic knowledge of plastering practices, you could proceed onto a Diploma in Construction or an Apprenticeship programme.

Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications are required, however a keen interest in plastering and an eye for detail would be advantageous.

What does the course involve?:

The course will give you background knowledge and practical skills to plaster walls, and will include the following: Health and Safety, Mixing, Fixing Plasterboards, Skimming and Plaster Patching.

Students should equip themselves with: Stanley Knife, Tape Measure, Gloves, Safety Shoes/Boots, Pencil and a change of clothing.

How is the course assessed?:

No formal assessment to be undertaken other than ongoing support and guidance.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The National Foundation Diploma is a one year, full time course designed for learners looking to study construction as a one-year, full-time course to support progression to higher education courses in construction areas before entering employment. It is equivalent to 1.5 “A” levels. 

Entry Requirements:

Four GCSEs including maths, English and Science GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above or a vocational course at Level 2.

What does the course involve?:

Construction principles, design and technology as well as health and safety units to prepare you for employment, Apprenticeships and Higher Education in jobs such as Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Site Supervision, Contracts Management and Architecture. It also allows progression to the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

How is the course assessed?:

There are seven units of which four are mandatory. Two units are externally set and marked. Five assessments are internally set and assessed; using a range of assessment methods including assignments, reports, phase tests, individual projects, surveys, risk assessments and method statements. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this particular course.

How much does it cost?:

Trips: A full or partial contribution to any trips must be made, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip. 

Additional Notes:

 Equipment: we highly recommend that you have a 4GB memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity, lever arch file, note pad, protective footwear, and waterproof coat.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Course Specification

This two year part-time course is aimed at those wishing to further their academic qualifications and enhance their career opportunities in the Construction Industry.

Entry Requirements:

All applicants are individually assessed on their qualifications, skills and experience. You should have a desire to further your career in the Construction Industry and hold either a Level 3 NVQ Diploma or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction, a BTEC National Award or A Levels or equivalent. Ideally applicants should also have a GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English or willingness to work towards.

International applicants require a current IELTS 5.5 score, with no single skill being below 5. Accreditation may be given for prior learning both academic and work based.

What does the course involve?:

Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment. A typical progression path for Edexcel BTEC HNC students is to an honours degree programme, this depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Typical degrees at UCEM and University of Wolverhampton in Construction related disciplines should allow access to the second year of that course.

The course will include the following units:

  • Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits
  • Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits
  • Group Project in the Construction Industry 20 credits
  • Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits
  • Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits
  • Measuring, Tendering and Estimating for Construction and the Built Environment 15 credits
  • Computer-aided Design for Construction 15 credits
  • Personal and Professional Development 20 credits
How is the course assessed?:

Your work will be continually assessed throughout the course. The assessment will depend upon the particular module being studied. Typical assessments include assignments, reports, phase tests, group and individual projects, presentations and case studies. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this course.

How much does it cost?:

Additional costs include a full or partial contribution to any trips, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip. You will be required to purchase your own scientific calculator, scale rule, protective footwear (for visits) and your own personal device (laptop recommended) for internet access and CAD practice away from College (AutoCAD & other software provided).

What do I do next?:

You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This programme is designed to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the Construction Industry and will provide the technical skills training to achieve a Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating. Progression from the Level 1 course would be to the Level 2 Diploma in P&D or an Apprenticeship in P&D.

Entry Requirements:

You will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance.

You must be working at Level 1 or above in Maths and English, demonstrate commitment and motivation and be willing to study theoretical and practical components of the course. You will be required to take the CITB assessment paper to evaluate your ability to read and understand construction drawings.

What does the course involve?:

Includes:

  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms
  • Preparing surfaces
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
  • Applying foundation and plain papers
  • Producing specialist decorative finishes.

You will have to achieve all units and you must also pass GCSE or Functional skills in English/maths, two online multiple choice knowledge tests, end of unit multiple choice tests and practical assessments.

 

How is the course assessed?:

Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. In addition, you will be required to pass an end of year exam in order to successfully achieve the diploma.

How much does it cost?:

You will provide your own overalls, safety shoes, tools, classroom equipment and contribute to the cost of any additional enrichment activities.

If you are aged 19 or over fees may be payable on enrolment plus materials fees.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is designed to give you a good understanding of painting and decorating whether you are a total beginner or someone who has some previous knowledge. Progression is available on to a Level 1 Diploma in P&D.

Entry Requirements:

No formal qualifications are required, however a keen interest in painting and decorating and an eye for detail would be advantageous.

What does the course involve?:

We will teach you the practical skills required to carry out painting & decorating to a high standard. So if you have a project in mind, or you just want to learn how to paint or wallpaper then we will tailor the course just for you. The course also covers other skills such as health and safety and environmental sustainability.

How is the course assessed?:

No formal assessment will be undertaken, other than ongoing support and guidance.

How much does it cost?:

You will have to provide your own overalls and steel toe capped boots. Please bring a pencil and tape measure.

What do I do next?:

You are able to enrol at the College in person or by phone on 01743 342333 between 9.00am-5.00pm Monday - Thursday and 9.00am-4.30pm on Friday. You can also enrol and chat to staff at our advice / enrolment events which happen throughout the year or use our Live Chat facility.

You will be required to pay your course fees at the time of enrolment, so please ensure that you bring an appropriate payment method with you, (as well as appropriate evidence if you are eligible to have any fees waived).

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The primary role of a Property Maintenance Operative is to optimise property condition and quality and to ensure the building is kept in a safe working condition. Property Maintenance Operatives need to maintain a high level of quality, providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, guests and team. They will understand the mechanism of buildings including electrical, plumbing, plant, safety systems and equipment. They will provide first and immediate response to fault finding, whilst maximising quality and ensuring cost effectiveness. They will ensure prevention of major damage that could result in extensive costs and minimise reactive intervention.

Completing this apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills will enable progression into roles such as a Technical Specialist e.g. Electrical or Plumbing and Supervisory and Management roles e.g. Facilities Management, across a wide range of sectors.

What does the course involve?:

As an Apprenticeship standard, you will be assessed against your knowledge, skills and behaviours which includes working towards the level 2 Property Maintenance qualification.

Knowledge includes – understanding the importance of Health & Safety in the workplace, comply with organisational safety, policies and procedures, identifying hazards and reducing risks, carry out repairs to the fabric of a building e.g. walls, doors, doorframes, skirting boards or plaster damage to internal walls, understand and maintain grounds and external fabrication of a building.

Skills include – take ownership of situations, ability to understand limitations within the role, and a drive for efficiency and value for money.

Behaviours include – commitment to quality and excellence, ability to perform under pressure, aptitude for problem solving, and ability to control and influence within remit.

Full details can be found here

How is the course assessed?:

You will be required to attend College one day a week for class room based learning as well as regularly visited by your assessor for the duration of your apprenticeship for assessment against your knowledge and skills, in readiness for an independent End Point Assessment.

Additional Notes:

Typically this takes between 18 - 24 months to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.

What do I do next?:

To be an apprentice you will need an employer who can offer you work and release you for your training. Once you have an employer in place, you can apply online. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring the Apprenticeship Team on 01743 260400 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is designed to provide a technical foundation on which to build a career in the construction industry.

Entry Requirements:

There are no formal entry requirements, however, you will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance in a variety of trade areas.

You must demonstrate commitment and motivation and be willing to study theoretical and practical components of the course. Students will be required to take the CITB assessment paper to evaluate their ability to read and understand construction drawings.

What does the course involve?:

There is a large practical content to the course and this an excellent programme to help you choose the right construction trade for you. There is one mandatory unit that covers health and safety in construction and a number of optional units within construction trades. The qualification covers a range of hand-skills and practical tasks in the following trade areas: Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery, Plastering, Wall and Floor Tiling, Painting & Decorating, Construction Operations.

How is the course assessed?:

The course is assignment based and these are broken down into practical tasks and task-related questions. There is an assignment for each mandatory and optional unit and form a portfolio that is continually assessed throughout the duration of the course.

How much does it cost?:

A contribution towards educational visits may be requested.

Additional Notes:

All students must attend maths and English and depending on prior achievements and Initial Assessment will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

 

Other details:

There is the opportunity to gain an award or certificate in an individual trade area whilst undertaking the course.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This is a two year, part time course.  The aim of the course is to develop and train enthusiastic learners who are interested in working in the construction sector. It has been developed by employers and professional bodies to ensure it fully supports entry onto the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment or a range of relevant specialist degrees; as well as other construction career pathways at technician level such as design/architecture, construction supervision/management.

Entry Requirements:

Four GCSEs including maths, English and Science GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above or a vocational course at Level 2.

What does the course involve?:

Construction principles, design and technology as well as health and safety. The course has a strong emphasis on technician-level theoretical principles and enables further vocational study at Level 3 and upwards. The content is focussed on the practical applications of construction design, structural requirements and technology, health, safety and welfare and the legislation around it, organisational processes and risk management. Learners will be required to engage with construction sector employers as an integral part of the course.

How is the course assessed?:

There are four mandatory units. Two units are externally set and marked. Two are internally set and assessed using a range of assessment methods including assignments, reports, phase tests, individual projects, surveys, risk assessments and method statements. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this particular course.

How much does it cost?:

In addition to any course fees a full or partial contribution to any trips must be made, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip. 

Additional Notes:

Equipment: we highly recommend that you have a 4GB memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity, lever arch file, note pad, protective footwear, and waterproof coat.

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