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.



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Finchley College                                                                                                       

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Please be aware that most other training providers do not issue nationally recognised qualifications and are not approved by CSCS- Finchley College is an approved provider and we issue nationally and internationally recognised qualifications from UK awarding bodies.


We regularly get learners who have trained elsewere but come to Finchley College for approved qualifications.





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.



Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying, leading to CSCS Gold Engineer Surveyor card.



Study mode: 


We offer Surveying and setting out engineering training on Saturdays, Sundays and the first week of each month throughout the year.


Due to pandemic and the need for social distancing we have altered the timetable to ensure safety of our staff and learners and to reduce learner numbers present at the same time. You can start this course on the first Saturday for weekend classes or on the first Monday of any month for weekday sessions.


Course options:



  • 1- Beginner & intermediate level------The first two weekends of each month- 


  • 2- Advanced level------------------------3rd and 4th weekend of each month- 


Beginner to advanced level fee: £1995 plus vat



  • 3- Enhanced level ---------------------- -repeat of the advanced level course, extra one to one classes, free attendance at weekday classses on the first week of each monthy as well as first aid at work & BIM course- 


Beginner to enhanced level fees: £3995 plus vat (10% off fees for payment in full in advance)


  • 4- One day short training and assessment for existing experienced engineers leading to level 3 Diploma qualification. Fee: £995 





Course levels on offer.


1- Beginner & intermediate level, the first two weekends of each month, 2 Saturday & 2 Sunday sessions 9.00-3.00 pm



Topics covered:


The aim of this level is for learners to learn to use Total stations and levelling equipment.


  • Introduction to Surveying
  • Mathematics of setting out and surveying.
  • Reading and understanding general arrangement drawings
  • Creating your own local control systems
  • Working out coordinates from drawings
  • Automatic levels
  • Laser levels
  • Introduction to Total stations
  • Using GNSS equipment for Site surveying and establishing site control
  • Knowledge questions of the qualification


    By the end of the beginner / intermediate level, learners will complete 2 of 5 units of this qualification.


    2- Advanced level: 3rd and 4th Weekend of each month, 2 Saturday and 2 Sundays, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.



    The aim of this course is for learners to gain full competency in using Total stations.

    • Surveying methods
    • Global local coordinate conversion methods
    • Further drawing exercises
    • New methods of creating a local control system for surveying.
    • Working out coordinates from drawings
    • Total Stations capabilities, programs
    • Setting out, surveying, measuring distances, angles and heights.
    • Surveying and setting out techniques
    • In-depth hands-on practice with Total stations and levelling equipment 
    • Further Global / Local coordinate transformation methods
    • Reading and understanding construction drawings, architects and engineer's general arrangement drawings, elevations, sections, reinforcement drawings, bending schedules
    • Introduction to Robotic Total stations
    • 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


    Learners will achieve further 3 units of Using Total Stations and Setting out leading to full award of the level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying subject to submission of assignments and successful completion of practical assessments.




    3-Enhanced level: Learners of this course will attend college for a further month at weekends from 2-5 pm, includes free first aid at work and Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling course.-Fee £995 plus vat per extra month of training from 2-5 pm at weekends.


    The aim of this course is to enable learners to become fully competent and confident to work as engineers or surveyors.


    Enhanced course is ideal 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 without supervision. 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 like real world conditions.


    At this level, you will learn full use of most frequently used Total station programs for surveying and setting out, as well as use of Robotic Total stations and AutoCAD. Includes free AutoCAD, first aid, building information modelling (BIM) and level 3 Managing and supervising working at height short courses.


    • Detailed surveying and setting out techniques,
    • Reading and understanding more complex construction drawings
    • Intensive use of Robotic Total stations with more programs
    • Further training in converting Global and Local coordinates
    • Creating your own local systems for surveying
    • Job and point naming conventions.
    • Transferring data to and from USB and Total station
    • Further use of GNSS equipment for surveying, setting out and establishing control networks
    • Practical traversing by Two-man Total stations and GNSS
    • Measuring angles, distances, areas, and volumes
    • Automatic angle measurements by Robotic Total Stations


    Beginner to enhanced course fee £2995 plus vat (5% off fees if paid in full in advance)


    Key features of this course:


    • Follow on to the advanced level course
    • Attend 8 further weekend sessions 2-5 pm
    • First aid at work, Fundamentals of Building information Modelling included in the course fee





    4-Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying, Experienced engineer/surveyor route: Fee £995 all inclusive


    One weekday or Sunday afternoon assessment sessions at college or online assessment only option:


    For experienced engineers seeking a qualification leading to CSCS Gold Engineering Surveying card we offer a full day or two Sunday afternoon training and assessment sessions. Training will not cover Total stations but will include topics such as,

    • Mathematics of surveying,
    • levelling by automatic, laser and digital levels,
    • GPS
    • Traversing.

    Learners will need to submit assignments for answers to the knowledge questions of the qualification to achieve full qualification certificate.


    Weekday option: First Friday of each month

    Sunday option: First and second Sunday of each month- Advanced booking is required.












    Introduce a friend and receive £50 referral fee once they have joined a course.


    Join with a friend and receive 5% discount.




    Please note there is no refund once payment is made for any reason whatsoever. Please ensure you can afford the course fees and are able to attend practical lessons regularly.











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