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Construction and the Built Environment Level 3

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



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • 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 and assess your suitability for continuing with the 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?

    Minimum Requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English, Maths and Science at grade 4


    Level 2 Diploma at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English and Maths at grade 4.

  • 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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