We believe these new and innovative qualifications provide the most inclusive and cost-effective qualifications available for a new Built Environment curriculum, preserving the necessary rigour for stretching the highest attaining candidates. In addition, there is a clear intention to reduce the bureaucratic overhead on teachers while preserving the benefits of coursework for motivating learners and dealing validly with recognition of practical competence in what are essentially practical, technical and vocational skills and activities. We have demonstrated that we can provide Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications that are accessible to all learners while still differentiating the top performing students. This enables a clear progression route for the weakest mainstream learners through to identifying those that are likely to be successful in academic A levels and beyond into the associated professions.


TLM Level 1

Total Credits required to achieve the qualification - 6
Mandatory Units: Units from groups A & C




Level 1






Portfolio of Evidence








  • Devised in consultation with leading industry consultants, professional bodies and universities.
  • Clear and flexible unit based structure referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
  • Straightforward assessment of competence in real rather than contrived contexts.
  • Grading through controlled exams introduced progressively from KS3 to KS4.
  • Provides a focus for continuing professional development for teachers through moderation/verification feedback.
  • Moderation on demand, no restrictive moderation windows.
  • Feedback offered on any evidence submitted. TLM are willing to communicate with assessors with guidance on how to improve learners work.
  • Three examination opportunities per year.
  • Use of open source cloud based technologies to reduce costs and add value for schools.
  • The online TLM Markbook is invaluable in tracking students' progress.
  • Use of open source cloud based technologies to reduce costs and add value for schools.
  • Reduced bureaucracy for teachers and flexibility for them to target specific interests.

The qualification content has been designed for use in schools by referencing it to the new National Curriculum programmes and testing it against similar assessments carried out in current Level 2 qualifications. It is also designed to enable learners to meet the needs of employers, through consultation with leading built environment and engineering consultancies, progressive universities and professional bodies representing a wide section of the industry. Guidance for coursework is aligned with the CBI employment criteria. Guidance takes into account the lack of experience of many teachers in this area ensuring that the most academically able can be stretched and routed to appropriate academic progression at Level 3. Strong industry support provides great potential for staff development, keeping teachers up to date in what is still a rapidly changing sector. Unlike purely academic qualifications, regular reference is made to practical skills and standards and the use of real equipment and technology rather than simulations or generic terms only. There is an emphasis on increasing understanding of the importance of collaborative working systems in keeping with recent Cabinet Office policy and the Government Industrial Strategy 2025.

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