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Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Construction is a wide-ranging profession with many disciplines in the industry. This course offers an insight into the construction industry ranging from the initial planning stage through the design and building process of housing, industrial and commercial buildings.

 

Exam Board: Pearson

STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

  • What will I study and learn?

    The first year of this course is called the BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. You will learn about, Construction Technology and Design, Building regulations and Control, Health and Safety, Graphical Detailing and AutoCAD. In the second year, you will study more specialised units such as Building Surveying, Surveying in Construction, Tendering and Estimating and Measurement Techniques in Construction. In the project unit you will be required to develop an idea from initial stages to the final solution.

    The course is made up of 15 units (9 mandatory, 6 optional, 3 externally tested): Mandatory units

    • Construction Principles
    • Construction Design
    • Tendering and Estimating
    • Construction Technology
    • Health and Safety in Construction
    • Surveying in Construction
    • Graphical Detailing in Construction
    • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
    • Management of a Construction Project
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a combination of coursework activities, practical work assignments, case studies and external tests/exams. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification will be awarded.

    Towards the end of the first year you will have your progress reviewed to ascertain your suitability for continuing with the extended diploma course.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should have an inquiring mind and a desire to design buildings with an ambition to either get a job within the construction industry after the course or take a degree in this field before gaining employment.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need:

    5 GCSEs (grades A* to C) including English and Maths at grade 5 and Science at grade C

    OR

    a Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject plus GCSE English and Maths at grade 5 and Science at grade C

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This course provides an entry route to university to study construction related degrees, foundation degrees and HNC/HNDs (Higher National Diplomas). The course also provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities within the construction industry on the technical and professional side. Many of the units will give you an insight into the career opportunities within the construction industry such as architecture, civil and structural engineering, quantity surveying, construction management and building surveying.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will require drawing equipment, including a scale rule and adjustable set square and a calculator which will cost approximately £75. There is a specific book that is highly recommended which will cost approximately £30. However, books are available in the library if you would prefer to borrow them.

  • How do I apply for this course?

    To apply, please click on the Apply button at the top of the page.

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