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Level 3 Site Surveying and Setting Out

Start (w/c): 07/09/2020 Day/time and duration: To Be Confirmed Nantgarw

Course Information

This is a part-time half-day- course spread over 30 weeks. The course is designed for those who would like to undertake site surveys and setting out for example; Archaeologists, Architects, Civil engineers, general builders, surveyors etc.

What Will I Learn?

You will complete two Pearson Level 3 Btec units namely, Surveying in Construction and Site Engineering for Construction which are integrated into one course:

Part 1: evaluation of surveying equipment. This includes: optical & Digital levels, Lasers, Total Stations and GNSS. Practical exercises will include field checks and techniques to minimise errors.

Part 2: Establishment of Control Networks. This will include practical exercises in levelling and traversing.

Part 3: Site surveys and Digital Terrain Models (DTM). This will include using survey software to produce site surveys and evaluation of DTMs. Part 4: Setting using co-ordinates: The will include techniques for different standards of accuracy. Practical exercises will include the setting out of buildings, drainage, road centre-lines and batter rails for earthworks.

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English, Maths and Science or another Level 2 qualification. NB: Learners should have an understanding of trigonometry and basic mathematical principles before starting this course.


Learners will complete a range of practical tasks and written assignments. Each module is graded with an overall Pass, Merit or Distinction.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.


Purchase of steel toe capped boots, overalls and a course text book is required for this course. Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Career Progression

  • The course provides underpinning knowledge for the following. • Pearson Btec National Diploma in Construction & Built Environment • HNC/D and degree programmes in Civil Engineering and Construction. • Proqual Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying.


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