Coronavirus update

Health and safety of our learners and staff is very important to us, as a result of the coronavirus we have temporarily suspended all face to face training. Learners will be taught through a combination of online video conferencing, pre-recorded videos of lessons shared through Drop Box, email support as well as use of simulators.


For learners who want it we offer practice sessions for Total station training either on their own or with a friend but without tutor’s present. This will maintain your fluency in using Total stations and enable you to practice real life site setting out conditions.


We will also extend training period of all learners who have lost continuity in their training due to the virus.



We also offer a 10% discount in fees to all learners from 15th of March until we return to normal conditions.


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



Finchley College setting out and surveying course   

Leading to level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying qualification recognised worldwide


From January 2020 we offer classes every weekend, you can complete your course in one, two or four months at weekends only or in one to 4 blocks of 9 consecutive days from the first Saturday to the second Sunday of every month.


Due to Coronavirus and health and safety of our learners and staff, we have changed our course time table. Our aim is to reduce the number of learners at the college at any time to 2-4 only and limit training sessions to 2-3 hours maximum. But, we have extended training period to ensure you have learn fully how to operate surveying instruments.


We have included training on the use of Robotic Total Stations, GPS, Laser level, digital level, automatic level and pipe laser. We also offer basic AutoCAD training as standard plus first aid course


We also offer a one day GPS and Robotic Total station training for existing engineers on Fridays.


Nationally and internationally recognised certificates which entitles you to apply for CSCS gold Engineer Surveyor cards are awarded to learners who have completed both beginner to advanced level course or enhanced course, subject to successful completion of practical assessments and submission of assignments.




You have option to select weekends only or a block of 9 consecutive day training from the first Saturday to the second Sunday of each month.




Please see below course options, all fees include vat at 20%


5% discount off all fees if paid in full in advance


Following completion of advanced or enhanced level course we offer free attendance for

one session a month until you find a job.




Beginner to intermediate and advanced level


Time table: 


9.00-11.00, 11.30-1.30, 2.00-4.00, 4.30-6.30


There are 4 sessions of 2 hours long each day on Saturdays and Sundays. You will simply book and attend two sessions, one for each day, at the end of each session you can stay for another two hours of practice on your own or with another colleague, giving you a total of up to 4 hours each day.


During the sessions we start from the beginners level and you will progress to the advanced level, this is mainly hands on practice with surveying instruments. Lessons will cover the knowledge and understanding underpinning each topic as well as plenty of practice using a variety of surveying equipment.


There will be a log of what you have studied which helps you to keep track of your progress. 





3) Enhanced course: £3995 plus VAT (£4794) 


This is an alternative to a University degree course or a conversion to engineering course. It will teach you all you need to work as an effective engineer. 


There is no legal requirement that you must have a degree from a university to work as an engineer on construction sites. There are a lot of unemployed graduates who wished had never attended a University. Getting a degree is not a passport to jobs, competency in using surveying equipment and understanding what you need to do at work is a must if you intend to join small to medium sized employers or apply to recruitment agencies.


Most universities teach surveying at the year one of the course and learners have forgotten them all by the time they graduate. Some universities also have very low practical content and require students to submit assignments to demonstrate learning.



This is the best course to attend for absolute beginners and those changing career to construction engineering.


It will give you all knowledge and competency you will need to work as an engineer or land surveyor with earning potential


of up to £250 per day on freelance basis within 6 months of completing this course and up to £300 a day within a year.


You will gain a level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying; this is the same unit as in university degree courses.


Please note: We can not guarnatee jobs at the end of the course as it depends on many factors beyond our control, however, we will help 



Key features

  • We will continue to provide support post training
  • Includes site visits
  • Intended for complete beginners
  • Up to 4 month of training for 9 days every month, equivalent to 216 hours of guided learning hours
  • Alternatively, attend every weekend session for up to 4 months 
  • Nationally and internationally recognized certificate as an engineer surveyor included in the fee
  • You can apply for CSCS Engineer Surveyor gold card
  • Free attendance at some of our short courses and discounted fees civil engineering course


Time table


Weekend sessions


9.00-11.00, 11.30-1.30, 2.00-4.00, 4.30-6.30


You can select two session per day on Saturday and Sunday, giving you 4 hours of guided learning with a tutur.


Your total training period can be up to 6 months




9 Consecutive day options each month for 4 months


4 blocks of 9-consecutive day sessions,

1st month: From the first Saturday to the second Sunday                               9.00 am - 2.00 pm (Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm)

2nd, 3rd and 4th month: From the first Saturday to the second Sunday          2.30 - 6.30 pm

Depending on the number of learners on the course, sometimes you can come in earlier or leave later to get more practice.






Learners of Enhanced course have option of attending the following short courses free of charge



                 Level 3 Award in First aid at work

                 Level 3 Award in Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling

                 Level 3 Award in Understanding Planning, Supervising and Managing working at Height


Click here to find out more about this course




4) Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying for experienced engineers £1245 plus VAT (£1495)


This course is for experienced engineers and surveyors only who do not need instrument training. Confirmation of employment as an engineer or surveyor is required.


We offer candidates one or two days of college-based training on the use of GPS, levelling equipment and help with knowledge questions of the qualification.


Two day training and assessments are on Thursday and Fridays every two weeks


Key features



  • Intended for experienced engineer and surveyors without qualifications
  • Two days of training and assessment leading to qualification 
  • No loss of pay if you are working, assessments can be at weekends
  • Nationally and internationally recognized certificate as an engineer surveyor at an extra charge
  • You can apply for CSCS Engineer Surveyor gold card



5) Weekend GPS and Robotic Total Station training £600 plus VAT (£750)

This course is intended for experienced engineers and surveyors who already use two-man total stations



6) Distance learning course

For those who live far from London or abroad, we offer this course through distance learning, the fee depends on the background of each learner, please contact us for fees.

You will need to attend college for one day of assessment at the end of your course.












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.



Please make payment by bank transfer to

Finchley College

Santander PLC

Sort code: 09-01-27

Account no. 44018113



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