Construction and the Built Environment

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Year 1: Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.
  • Year 2: Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, Building Services Engineering

Summary of course

The qualification is for students wanting to pursue a career in construction by progressing directly to employment as a building services engineering technician or to higher education. The qualification is intended to meet the educational base for registration as a technician, for example with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) once you are in employment.

You will develop your knowledge and skills around construction methods, regulations and technologies with a particular focus on building services including; Electrical installations, Hot and cold water services, Gas, Drainage and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

What will I study?

The units you are likely to study are:

Core Units:

  • construction principles
  • construction design
  • health and safety in construction
  • construction technology
  • provision of primary services in buildings
  • building services science

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is via a mixture of BTEC externally set and marked exams, BTEC externally set tasks set and marked and completed under supervised conditions, and a number of internally graded exams/assessments.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

The course is ideal if you have an interest in the technical aspects of construction and building services and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Construction.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression from this programme leads to the Higher National Certificate, a Higher Apprenticeship, University or employment as a building services technician and is ideal if you wish to enter a particular specialist area of work, such as:

  • building services engineering technician
  • building services engineering design technician
  • construction project technician
  • mechanical/electrical services technician
  • building services site engineering technician.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English and a Science subject and GCSE Maths at grade 6 (B)

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be opportunities to take part in trips and visits as part of your course. The approximate cost for this is £40, payable at enrolment.

Students will also be required to purchase overalls and safety boots for the workshop activities and these can cost approximately £60.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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