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Programme Description

The City & Guilds level three apprenticeship in construction trades has been developed to allow those in work-based learning to demonstrate and enhance their occupational knowledge, skills and understanding within a construction trade of their choice.

It is aimed at learners who have either achieved the level two foundation in construction and building services engineering or will be completing the level two core in construction and building services engineering learning and assessments while on their apprenticeship.

When taken as part of an apprenticeship, this qualification will enable learners to be proven as competent to enter employment in the trade of their choice as well as to go on to study other level three construction courses relevant to their choice of trade. 

Option Choices

  • Site Carpentry
  • Bricklaying
  • Solid Plastering
  • Painting and Decorating

At a Glance

  Full Time

  1-2 years

  Ammanford Campus

Programme Features

As an apprentice you will be allocated a training advisor who will oversee and support you through your journey on this framework, working closely both with your employer and tutors at college.

You will be expected to attend college to learn underpinning knowledge. Assessments will also take place in college and the workplace on a regular basis. This course is both theory and practical based.

Programme Content

Learners will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in their chosen trade as contained in the National Occupational Standards.

Learners will also complete two core units covering the construction sector and practice in the sector within Wales. The qualification will be portable throughout the UK and is aimed to develop learners’ ability to meet the demands of the construction sector in Wales, including working with traditional, new and pre-1919 building stock and understanding new and emerging technologies, such as drones and 3D printing.

Progression & Employment

On completion, the qualification will provide learners with the skills and knowledge required for the learner to be capable of working in their chosen trade across the UK.

Method of Assessment

The different entry points on to this qualification mean the assessment routes vary.

If the learner has achieved both the foundation and progression qualifications they must successfully complete:

  • One externally-set, externally-marked multiple choice test.
  • One employer-set, internally-assessed project covering their chosen trade area.
  • One externally-marked professional discussion.

If the learner has achieved the foundation qualification but not completed the progression qualification, they must successfully complete:

  • Two externally-set, externally-marked multiple choice tests.
  • One employer-set, internally-assessed project covering their chosen trade area.
  • One externally-marked professional discussion.

If the learner takes this level three qualification as part of their apprenticeship without first achieving the foundation qualification or progression qualification, they must successfully complete:

  • Three externally-set, externally-marked multiple choice tests.
  • One externally-set, internally-marked project.
  • One internally-marked guided discussion.
  • One employer-set, internally-assessed project covering their chosen trade area.
  • One externally-marked professional discussion.

Entry Requirements

  • Learners should be aged 16 and above and currently working in the construction sector.
  • GCSE grades A* to D in English or Welsh (first language) and maths or a level one construction related qualification or WJEC L1/2 Constructing the Built Environment or a level two Foundation in Construction and Building Services Engineering or a level two Progression in Construction.
  • Applications from mature students are welcomed.
  • Applicants will also need to attend a successful interview. 

Additional Costs

Students will be required to source and purchase their own personal protective equipment (PPE) which comprises safety boots, safety glasses, hard hat and hi-vis.

You will need to provide your own stationery and there may also be additional costs if the department arranges educational visits.