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Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment - Level 3

Overview

This course is aimed at students who want to pursue a professional career in the construction and built environment industry. It is recognised as a formal progression path towards gaining higher-level qualifications in a wide range of professional careers within construction, such as architectural technology, project management, quantity surveying, planning, building surveying and even architecture.

One of the main purposes of BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress, ultimately, to employment within the Construction and Building Services Industry. Employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding, but they also require employees to demonstrate employability skills. These skills enable learners to adapt to the roles needed to survive in the global economy and enhance their effectiveness in the workplace. Employability skills include: self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work and the use of IT.

The programme will provide an opportunity for you to undertake one week of work experience with a local employer in the first year of the course.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSE English, Maths and science with at least grade 4/C and/or
  • A relevant BTEC diploma/NVQ Level 3 in a craft occupation (depending on age).

You may need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20212 yr(s)4800A1410FREEFREE* to £8580.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

Two years.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification includes two externally-assessed units.   You will also be assessed through a variety of different methods, including : - 

  • projects
  • assignments
  • case studies
  • coursework.

What does the course lead to?

Upon completion you could gain employment in the construction industry or progress to a university-level qualification.

What will I study?

These qualifications are built on four mandatory units that form the fundamental knowledge and understanding of construction principles.

You will study the following units:

  • Construction Technology
  • Construction & Design
  • Scientific & Mathematical Applications for Construction
  • Sustainability in Construction
  • Construction Processes and Operations
  • The Construction Industry

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

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How do I apply?

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