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False Bay College Engineering

Building & Civil Construction NQF Level 3


Westlake Campus
About this programme


Qualifying students will be able to:

  • Plan construction activities using mathematical principles
  • Communicate with relevant persons
  • Plan construction activity
  • Establish work area
  • Execute construction activity
Minimum Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

Grade 11, with preference given to Grade 12 certificate holders.

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

Candidates who successfully complete this qualification, are employed in the construction sector as: Painters, Tilers, Plasterers, Masons, Joiners, Carpenters and Roofers, or are self-employed as micro-enterprise owners who provide services to construction contractors and members of the public (e.g. private households). Consequently, this employment sector consists of many small and micro-enterprises.



  • 1 year full-time
  • 6 months at College and 6 months in the workplace
Course Content

Course content


Core Unit Standards

  • Verify compliance to safety, health and environmental requirements in the workplace
  • Describe the composition, roleplayers and the role of the construction industry in the South African economy
  • Develop construction work plans
  • Erect, use and dismantle access equipment for construction work
  • Identify, use and maintain tools, machines, equipment and materials for building and civil construction activities
  • Procure building and civil construction materials, tools and equipment
  • Provide primary emergency care/first aid as an advanced first responder
  • Read and interpret construction drawings and specifications


  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations
  • Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in two-and three-dimensional space in different contexts
  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Investigate life and work-related problems using data and probabilities
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts


  • Apply screeds to a concrete floor
  • Administer payments and expenses
  • Apply basic business concepts
  • Apply screeds to a concrete floor
  • Build decorative masonry elements
  • Build masonry superstructures using concrete hollow units
  • Build masonry superstructures using solid units
  • Interpret current affairs related to a specific business sector
  • Pave surfaces using flexible segmental paving
  • Pave surfaces using rigid segmental clay paving
  • Plaster surfaces
  • Plaster walls and screed a floor and steps
  • Prepare and install imprint concrete pavement
  • Prepare and lay precast block paving
  • Prepare for plastering
  • Set out, excavate, cast concrete strip foundations and build foundation walling
  • Tender for business or work in a selected new venture
  • Apply specialist plastering and screeding to surface
  • Conduct follow-up with customers to evaluate satisfaction levels
  • Describe features, advantages and benefits of a range of products or services
  • Fabricate, erect and strip steel and timber formwork for curved, sloped and E-walls and curved bases with kicker, incorporating waterbar
  • Identify and use marketing resources to meet objectives
  • Identify potential and existing customers of the business
  • Implement activity plans to meet agreed deadlines
  • Liaise with a range of customers of a business
  • Prioritise time and work for self and team
  • Take orders from customers fulfil a need for goods and/or service
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