Construction and the Built Environment

Summary of course

The Foundation Multi-skills course is a vocational programme within the Northampton College working in our modern well equipped workshops with industry relevant equipment. You will work on various carpentry, painting and decorating and Health and Safety tasks, developing new skills and knowledge used in the construction industry.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include: Core units:

  • Introduction to Health and Safety
  • Constructing Carpentry Halving Joints
  • Constructing Carpentry Housing Joints
  • Painting Techniques
  • Tiling a Plain Wall Specialist units:
  • Employability All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

  • Practical Assessments
  • Multiple Choice Written Test

Your 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 C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal. 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?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Construction and wish to gain an Entry 3 Level qualification in Multiskills

Progression and Career Opportunities

You can progress on to Level 1 study in Multiskills or you can begin to specialise in Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting & Decorating, Plumbing & Heating or Trowel Trades.

Entry Requirements for new students

Entry requirements for new students - To start a Vocational Studies Programme you do not need any qualifications. Just the motivation to attend and take part! Candidates will mainly have F/G grades [1-2]

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place. Be ready to discuss with us why you would like to take this course.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will need to have personal protective equipment such as overalls and safety boots. We will provide you with a list before you join the course. You may be able to apply to the College Bursary Fund for help with paying for these items.

Course fee information


Course fee information


student success

Tom Skinner, Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Tom Skinner, Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

“I previously studied Mechanical Engineering but switched to Civil Engineering and love it. I come to site in the morning and get involved with the ‘setting out’ – dealing with...

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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