Setting out and Surveying courses Leading to level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying

You will learn to use all of the instruments below during your training with us


               Robotic Total station                                         Two man Total Stations                                         GPS Equipment                               

               Digital level                                                      Pipe laser and rotating laser                                    Automatic level



To book and pay for any of the above courses please pay by bank transfer and write your name as reference or pay by card through the web site.



Please make payment by bank transfer to

Finchley College

Santander PLC

Sort code: 09-01-27

Account no. 44018113



For more information please call Reza Nobakht on 07974 221155 or email us at


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Why should you choose us?

  • Unlike other colleges, universities, or private providers we provide flexible training at times to suit you, including weekends and weekdays, every month throughout the year.
  • We provide nationally recognised qualifications approved by CSCS for Gold Engineer surveyor card, please be aware some other providers issue their own inhouse certificates that are neither qualifications nor approved by CSCS.
  • Post training support by email, telephone. Learners can attend post completion support classes
  • Enhanced training designed specifically for those changing career into construction and civil engineering
  • GPS and Robotic Total Station training included in advanced and enhanced course



Course options



Assessment and Certification fees:


An assessment and certification fee of £360 is charged to all learners who wish to obtain certificates or full qualification in Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying. Course fees exclude assessment and certification fees.



Beginner: £995 plus vat (£1194 Inc. VAT) 7 sessions 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
This level covers two units of the level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying qualification, it will introduce you to fundamentals of surveying, mathematics of surveying, creating local coordinate systems,
reading construction drawings and levelling by automatic and laser level. At the end of this level, subject to submission of written answers to knowledge question assignments and completion of practical assessment in levelling you can achieve two unit certificates in introduction to Surveying as well as Levelling.
Advanced: £1195 plus vat (£1434 Inc. VAT) 9 sessions 2.00 to 6.00 pm
Direct entry to this level is not allowed. we strongly advise to start with the begineer course as it covers most of the knowledge questions of the qualification, this is what most existing engineers lack.
This is follow on from the beginner course and at this level you will learn to use Total stations, GPS and various methods of setting out, further mathematics of surveying, global/local grid transformations, further drawing exercises, plenty of two man Total station practice and introduction to Robotic Total stations.
At the end of this course subject to submission of written answers to knowledge questions you will achieve further 3 units of the qualification leading to full qualification certificate.
Enhanced: £1995 plus vat (£2394 inc. VAT) 14 sessions over two months 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Direct entry to this level is allowed for existing engineers and surveyors
This is designed as follow on course from advanced level for complete beginners and those changing career into construction engineering surveying, it acts as an alternative to University degree, as most employers are seeking competent engineers able to go to site and start work. Your NVQ level 3 qualification is sufficient to demonstrate competency but as most beginners lack practical experience, this level will help with gaining plenty of practical exercises similar to real world conditions.
At this level, you will gain further 14 sessions of Total station practice for surveying and setting out, as well as plenty of practice with Robotic Total stations, introduction to AutoCAD, attending free short courses in Building Information Modelling, First aid to give you further qualifications and skills to become more employable.


Training dates: We offer training at beginner, advanced and enhanced levels at weekends as well as blocks of 7 consecutive days every month, from the first Saturday to the following Friday of each month. Learners will need to select the weekend or 7 consecutive day option. 


Discounted course options:


Beginner + Advanced: 5% off fees

Beginner + Advanced + Enhanced: 10% off fees

Groups of 2 to 4 attending toghether: 5-10% off 

Goups of 5 or more attending toghether: 15% off fees


Weekend sessions:


Start on the first Saturday of every month, attend 7 weekend sessions on both Saturdays and Sundays except 4th Sunday of the month when we are closed.


7 or 9 Consecetive day sessions: Start on the first Saturday of every month to the following Friday


  • Beginner level: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm  (7 Consecutive sessions)
  • Advanced level: 2.00-6.00 pm          (9 Consecutive sessions)                        
  • Enhanced level: 2.00-6.00 pm,         (14 Sessions over two months) learners will attend again the following month at the same time



Please note that there is no fee refund for any reason once payment is made. We offer a 5% discount for learners attending beginner and advanced levels, 10% discount for learners who attend all 3 levels and pay in full in advance including certification charges.





Session Planning: 


For learners attending from Ireland, Scotland, Wales or far from London, we offer learners the choice to attend both beginner and advanced level together as all day sessions from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm in order to save on accomodation and travel which is at their own cost. We usually recommend learners who live close to London, to attend beginner sessions in one month in the mornings, advanced level the following month in the afternoons and enhanced level in the 3rd and 4th month in the mornings. If you are planning holidays, you can have a break between levels and return whenever suitable.




Course content:


Beginner level:


  • Introduction to Surveying
  • Mathematics of setting out and surveying
  • Reading and understanding general arrangement drawings
  • Creating your own local control systems
  • Working out coordiantes from drawings
  • Automatic levels
  • Laser levels
  • Digital levels
  • Pipe laser
  • Levelling by Total stations
  • Introduction to Total Stations, settings, programs
  • Learning to use Total station simulators to practice at home
  • Introduction to setting out, surveying, measuring heights

Learners will achieve 2 unit certificates subject to submisison of assignments




Advanced level:

  • Surveying and setting out techniques
  • In depth hands on practice with Total stations and levelling equipment 
  • Global / Local coordinate transformation
  • Reading and understanding construction drawings, architects and engineers general arrangement drawings, elevations, sections, reinforcement drawings, bending schedules
  • Introduction to Robotic Total stations
  • Introduction to GNSS equipment
  • Full understanding of a range of Total Station programs
  • Setting out, point, offset, arc, piles, houses, drainage, pile caps, ground beams
  • Role of an engineer in RC frame and steel frame structures
  • Uploading and downloading data to and from Total stations
  • Various distance measurement methods
  • Volume calculations
  • Introduction to AutoCAD

Learners will achieve further 3 units of Using Total Stations, Using GNSS and Setting out leading to full award of the level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying which will enable you to apply for CSCS Gold Engineer Surveyour card.


Enhanced level: £1995 plus vat (£2394 Inc. VAT): 14 sessions 9.00 am to 1.00 pm



Course content:

  • Detailed surveying and setting out techniques,
  • Reading and understanding more complex construction drawings
  • Intensive use of Robotic Total stations with more programs
  • Learning to use Images taken with Robotic Total Stations to aid setting out and surveying
  • Further training in converting Global and Local coordinates
  • Creating your own local systems for surveying
  • Extra surveying methods
  • Job and point naming conventions
  • Transferring data between jobs
  • Learning to use GNSS equipment for surveying, setting out and establishing control networks
  • Practical traversing by Two man Total stations
  • Traversing by Robotic Total Stations
  • Automatic angle measurements by Robotic Total Stations
  • site visits where possible


Learners of this course can also attend the following short courses for just £195 (normally £700)

  • Level 3 Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling
  • Level 3 Managing and supervising working at height
  • Level 3 First aid at work


A certificate fee of £360 is charged for Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying certificate


Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying

Experienced engineer/surveyor route: £529 plus vat plus certificate fee (all-inclusive fee of £995)

Learners attend college for one day of assessment and submit videos from work, no training is provided except for use of levelling equipment if necessary.




One day Robotic Total station training (£295), this course is intended for existing engineers who are able to use two man Total stations.


We offer a one day Robotic Total station training during weekdays only. Please contact us for training schedule.


One day GNSS training (£295)

We offer a one day GNSS training during weekdays only. Please contact us for training schedule.



4 Day Autocad training:£895

We offer a 4 day Autocad training from Monday to Thursday, please contact us for training schedule



5 days Autocad & Robotics training combined:£995

5 days of AutoCAD and Robotics training combined, Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, please contact us for next scheduled dates. Learners must be able to use normal two man Total Stations in order to progress to Robotics.



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