T level Technical Qualification in Onsite Construction (8711)

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2024

The T Level Technical Qualification in Onsite Construction allows learners to gain an understanding of the Construction  industry and the sector.  Topics covered include Health and Safety, construction science principles, sustainability in the construction industry. 

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16-19-years old who wish to work within the Onsite Construction Industry. Currently available in England only. 

A learner who completes this qualification is well placed to develop to full occupational competence with the proper support and training.

T Levels are new courses that will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to three A Levels. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

This qualification forms a significant part of the T Level and City & Guilds are responsible for its development and ongoing operational delivery.

All other parts of the T Level, as listed below, will need to be achieved by a learner for the Department for Education to award successful completion.  It is important to note that City & Guilds do not have the responsibility of delivery for the other parts of the T Level but will continue to support centres where they can on all aspects of T Level delivery.

Additional mandatory part of the T Level that needs to be achieved:

  • A 315-hour minimum industry placement
Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 (continue to study as part of the condition of funding).

Key resources and support
Are you an exam officer or tutor at a college or other institution currently offering City & Guilds T Level Technical Qualifications?Find key information and support on our Tutor Resources and Support page
To find out more about T Levels visit the dedicated DfE page here
To find out about City & Guilds T Level provision click here

‘T-LEVELS’ is a registered trade mark of the Department for Education and ‘T Level’ is a registered trade mark of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

The qualification will help learners gain an understanding of the onsite industry and the sector, and learners will cover topics such as health and safety, construction science principles and sustainability in the construction industry.

A learner will choose one occupational specialism from the list below:

  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Plastering
  • Bricklaying
  • Painting and Decorating
What Careers Can This Lead To?

This qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the Onsite Construction industry, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an Apprentice.

Furthermore, the completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto higher education courses and training.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

The technical qualification is made up of two components, both of which need to be successfully achieved.

The Core Component:

The core content is designed to offer sufficient breadth of knowledge and skills for the learner to apply in a variety of contexts related to the industry and those occupational specialisms linked to this T Level. The core content is the building blocks of knowledge and skills that will give a learner a broad understanding of the industry and job roles. At the same time, it will develop the core skills they will need to apply when working within the industry.

The knowledge tests and employer-set project are externally assessed.

Occupational Specialisms:

Occupational specialisms develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to achieve threshold competence in an occupation. Threshold competence is defined as when a learner’s attainment against the knowledge, skills and behaviours is of a standard for them to enter the occupation and industry. They must also demonstrate the ability to achieve occupational competence over time with the correct support and training.

Occupational specialisms are externally moderated.

For more details please refer to the Technical Qualification Specification under the Documents tab on this page.

Centres and providers work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers. Further information regarding placements can be found in the DfE's Industry Placements Delivery Guidance document.

We are also producing two core textbooks through Hodder Education for both Building Service Engineering and a Construction. These are currently scheduled for publication in October and November 2021.

Level 3

T Level Technical Qualification in Onsite Construction (8711-30)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2025

T Level Technical Qualification in Onsite Construction

  • Accreditation No: 603/6917/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: T Levels This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2028 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Qualification fees in the UK: £342.74 Our typical price is the one that is most often paid by a centre for a completed learner. Some prices are made up of multiple charging points so action like taking difference units or specialisms to complete and resitting assessments may mean the cost for some learners differs.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to Walled Garden and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this qualification?

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Assessment materials

8711-30 Core