ISG logo

Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice

At ISG our vision is to become the world’s most dynamic construction services company, delivering places that help people and businesses thrive.

To help deliver the places of tomorrow, the construction industry needs more people with the right skills to enter this exciting sector. That’s why ISG has joined forces with the Awarding Organisation, WJEC, to co-develop the UK’s first Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice (PCP). Equivalent in value to an A-level, this new qualification is a game-changer for the industry.

Why the PCP?

The PCP course offers young people the chance to become familiar with this great industry, introducing the standards, skills, techniques, technologies and ethos behind a career in construction.

Showcasing new and emerging technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), the use of drones, AI and VR in the built environment, the course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive framework of knowledge, understanding and key applied skills that the industry relies on.

The PCP provides a contemporary insight into modern construction management practices and is set to become the gateway course for entry into careers in the world of property development, architecture, engineering, surveying and construction.

Worth up to 56 UCAS points (the equivalent of an A-Level) the course will enable students to progress into higher level study and is the perfect grounding for a Higher Apprenticeship. The PCP allows students to keep their options open as the skills and knowledge developed during the diploma are highly transferable into related industries, including engineering, science and general business occupations.

ISG working in partnership
ISG has been working with an initial group of colleges to develop its Learning Alliance, working together to share knowledge and good practice. Partners are supported in engaging young people and in delivering the programme. Successful centres will become Centres of Excellence (CoE).

ISG’s Learning Alliance is made up of:

  • Barking and Dagenham College, London
  • Bedford College
  • Leeds College of Building
  • Neath Port Talbot Group of Colleges, South Wales
  • Richmond upon Thames College, London
  • South and City College, Birmingham
  • West London College.

In addition to the Learning Alliance, students can also take the Level 3 PCP at:

  • Heathcote School and Science College, Chingford
  • Oaks Park High School, Ilford
  • St Mary’s Catholic High School, Manchester
  • Wilmington Grammar Sixth Form, Dartford


A more in depth look at the PCP featuring interviews with key partners and insights from people in the construction industry who could have benefited from a course of this type


A quick introduction to the PCP, featuring the key benefits and a quick lowdown of the four modules

Find out more

Our learning hub

Find out more

The learning hub will provide teachers with online access to resources designed by ISG, focusing on the application of skills and knowledge in contemporary construction practice.

This hub will contain tailored case studies and exercises which CoEs can download and use in the classroom.

Take a look at our channel designed to support the WJEC level 1 & 2 construction course:

Learning facilitators

Find out more

To support best practice teaching and learning in CoEs, our learning facilitators will provide training sessions for teachers of the PCP programme prior to launch. Ongoing support will follow through an agreed programme of workshops and/or site visits as required.

Bespoke support

Find out more

Our regional office teams will also establish relationships with CoEs to bring up to the minute experience from live projects - in property development, architecture, engineering surveying and construction - to college-based learning environments. Teachers in CoEs will have a single point of contact in their ISG regional office to request materials such as images, further case studies, and any additional project support they require.

Our well-connected professionals can help arrange specialist visits from industry bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and supply chain partners.


Find out more

What our partners say

“The CIOB is delighted to support the new Diploma in Professional Construction Practice. This qualification will help attract much needed new talent into the industry, which is currently experiencing skills gaps.”

Rosalind Thorpe, head of education at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

“The diploma is a step forward in preparing students for university with a solid grounding in professional practice for design, engineering, construction and commercial managers. It is great that we have been able to utilise support from ISG, as a major contractor as we can be sure that the knowledge that is being passed onto the next generation of construction professionals is up to date, relevant and used daily on some of our country’s most impressive construction sites.”

Allan Perry, subject officer at WJEC

Contact us

Karen Vigar

Education Engagement Manager