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, Civil Engineering

Summary of course

The qualification is for students wanting to pursue a career in construction by progressing directly to employment as a civil engineering technician or to higher education. The qualification is intended to meet the educational base for registration as a technician, for example with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), once you are in employment. This qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that will allow students to progress to further education, or directly to employment or an Apprenticeship in the construction sector.

What will I study?

There are seven mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of construction:

  • construction principles
  • construction design
  • construction technology
  • health and safety in construction
  • surveying in construction
  • site engineering for construction
  • construction in civil engineering.

The mandatory units will cover foundation mathematical, design and scientific principles, as applied in a construction context. They introduce a range of technologies and their application in the industry, and the principles of site surveying and site engineering. The health and safety unit will introduce students to their personal responsibilities for health, safety and welfare, the industry and legislative requirements for health and safety, and the application of organisational processes and risk management to ensure compliance.

Working toward an Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering over a two year period you will be studying various units including: Construction Principles, Construction Technology, Tendering and Estimating, Construction Technology Graphical Detailing in Construction, Building Surveying in Construction, Measurement Techniques in Construction, Further Mathematics for Construction, Projects in Construction and Construction in Civil Engineering.

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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 civil engineering and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in civil engineering.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression from this programme leads to the Higher National Certificate, a Higher Apprenticeship, University or employment as a civil engineering technician. Specific areas of work could include specialist areas such as:

  • civil engineering technician
  • civil engineering design technician
  • civil engineering surveying technician
  • construction project technician
  • public health 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 inlcuding 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/registratiofees*
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registratiofees*
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees**
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be availabl**
  • 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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