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Onsite Construction T Level at Bishop Burton College

19 Jan 2022 | College

Bishop Burton College is part of a selected consortium to deliver world-class technical education and is launching its brand-new Onsite Construction T Level ready for September 2022.

With two specialism pathways to choose from (we’ll explore these later on) the Onsite Construction T Level will help you gain an understanding of the onsite construction industry and the sector. This unique qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed to work in the onsite construction industry which will prepare you to enter the industry or progress to higher level study or advanced apprenticeships.

What will I study?

Across the two years of this full-time course, you will cover the following core modules:

  • Health and Safety
  • Construction Science Principles
  • Sustainability

Then, depending on which specialism you choose you will also study.

Bricklaying specialism:

  • Bricklaying Health and Safety
  • Design and Planning
  • Presentation
  • Constructing Masonry Structures
  • Repair Masonry Structures

Plastering specialism:

  • Plastering Health and Safety
  • Design and Planning
  • Presentation
  • Internal Plastering Systems
  • External Rendering Systems
  • Produce and fix Mouldings
  • Repair Damage to Surfaces

Facilities and opportunities

You will develop your skills within our purpose-built construction workshop, which has all the tools you need for bricklaying and plastering as well as our BRAND-NEW bespoke outdoor simulated construction site to further develop your skills which is a unique facility in the region!

You will also be eligible to apply for a CITB ‘industry placement’ card, this will be supported by the college and completed in-house, meaning you will be allowed access to commercial construction sites as part of your industry placement.

Why study the Onsite Construction T Level?

The Labour Market Information (LMI) from the Office for National Statistics has highlighted that demand for employees in the construction trades has increased by 60% this year alone indicating a clear demand for trained construction personnel. Additionally, research from CITB shows that only 30% of construction students progress into those higher-earned skilled brickwork jobs, meaning they will have to return to education to gain the additional skills needed to progress. Whereas choosing to study the Onsite Construction T Level, you will gain high-quality teaching and training allowing you to go straight into skilled employment.

Hear from Geoffrey Guy, Head of Department for Land-Based at Bishop Burton College:

“With statistics indicating that demand for employees in construction trades have increased roughly 60% nationally a T Level in on-site construction at Bishop Burton College not only serves local and national industry but our excellent resources; including state of the art construction workshop and one of a kind simulated construction site allows students to access a range of specialist equipment and training to prepare them for work or further study.

The T Level enhances our current curriculum, which is focused on practical vocational skills, by offering a slightly more academic route. Practical competence is still integral but the T Level provides a step up in terms of the theoretical knowledge required for further study or taking on roles with additional responsibility for planning, site management, or health and safety as just a few examples.

The increased focus on industry engagement, which is integral to a T Level, also means that through the introduction of industry placement cards by CSCS students have more access than ever before to construction sites to help them develop skills for work and a true understanding of the industry. The T Level resources and additional industry engagement provided for students is integral to our values at Bishop Burton of providing a first-class, first choice technical education.”

Join us at our T Level Launch Event

We’re hosting a T Level Launch Event on Saturday 12th February, 10am -12pm and you are invited!

At this event, you’ll hear from our expert tutors to learn more about our T Level provision, hear from our T Level industry partnerships about the importance of the qualifications and how they help their businesses, and tour around our fantastic state-of-the-art facilities.


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