Student Writing

£1995 PLUS VAT

This one month long course starts on the first Saturday of each month, lessons are held on both Saturdays and Sundays. We offer extra free training sessions the following month on Saturday afternoons for those who need further practice.

Please note that a fee of £360 applies for nationally recognized qualification, alternatively we will issue you with Finchley College inhouse certificate of achievement of advanced level in surveying and setting out

Topics include;

  • Principles of surveying and setting out

    • Mathematics of surveying,

    • creating a local coordinate system

    • Health & Safety & Risk assessment for engineers/surveyors​​

  • Levelling

    • Learning to use Automatic level, rotating laser, pipe laser and digital levels​

    • Establishing site datums and temporary bench marks

    • Levelling traverse

    • Two peg tests and calibrating automatic levels

    • Height of collimation and rise and fall method of calculating reduced levels

  • Introduction to Total stations

    • Creating jobs​

    • Correct job and point ID naming methods

    • Instrument settings

    • EDM Settings, understanding prism types

    • User option of EDM modes for surveying center of round columns

    • Atmospheric corrections, changing instrument temperature and pressure settings

    • Measuring distances, heights and surveying

  • GNSS

    • Using GNSS for surveying and setting out​

    • Static and Real time Kinetic modes

    • Satellite geometry and effect of RTK on accuracy

  • Traversing

    • Measuring angles, distances​

    • Face left and face right angle measurements

    • Systematic and random errors in traversing

    • Establishing traverse station coordinates, eastings northings and heights

    • Angle and distance measurement adjustment methods

    • Traverse field practice, establishing local control system

    • Establishing secondary control from traverse points

  • Total station programs

    • Resection program,  working out station position and bearing​

    • Errors in resection

    • Alternative resection options

    • Distance measurement programs 

    • Area and volume calculations

  • Setting out point methods

    • Setting out point, line and offset

    • Setting out  arcs, simple and complicated roads

    • Setting out ramps and slopes

    • Setting out by surveying methods

  • Global and local coordinate conversions

    • Rotating grid lines​

    • Moving origins

    • Creating your own global or local system

    • Creating new control system where none exist

For further information please contact Reza Nobakht on 07974 221155 or email us




Beginner / intermediate morning sessions


10.00am - 2.00pm


Health & Safety
Introduction to mathematics of surveying
National and local grids
Advantages of each grid system
Creating your own local coordinate system
Extracting coordinates from drawings
Introduction to levelling

10.00am - 2.00pm


Practical levelling exercises, working out levels
Two peg tests
Introduction to Total stations
Instrument settings
Distance and angle measurement
Quick survey program
Instrument faces, measuring two faces

10.00am - 2.00pm


Accuracy, precision, checking, types of control markers
accuracy and reliability of control
Scales and plot sizes, Data types
Setting out and surveying methods
Review of each Total station program

10.00am - 2.00pm


Practice session using Total stations
Instrument programs
Resection, setting out and surveying programs

10.00am - 2.00pm


Total station programs in more detail
Resection, setting out, surveying, tie distance, reference line, remote height
Working out coordinates from drawings

10.00am - 2.00pm


Surveying and Setting out exercises
Different methods of Surveying, tie distance program, surveying program, reference line

10.00am - 2.00pm


First aid course
Learners who do not need or want to attend first aid can attend Sunday all day

10.00am - 2.00pm


Beginner intermediate level revision and assessment

Any learner who has missed a session can attend the same sessions the following month


Learners can repeat this course for just £595