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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
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.
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.
You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:
- The awareness of health and safety regulation
- Engineering representations, drawings, graphical information and specifications
- How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner.
You will have the ability to:
- Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures
- Record information - paper based or electronic
- Surveying and measuring techniques within construction.
What is required?
- Prioritise health and safety
- Team-focus to meet work goals; for example, working effectively with others and resolving issues in discussion with others
- Support an equality, diverse and inclusive culture.
There may be opportunities to take part in trips and visits as part of your course.
Students will also be required to purchase overalls and safety boots for the workshop activities and these can cost approximately £60.
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.
Entry Requirements for new students
4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C) including maths and English. Students progressing from a Level 2 construction based course within the college will require a Pass at Level 2, GCSEs in maths and English (one at grade 4 and one at grade 3) having a minimum of 90% attendance whilst on the Level 2 programme.
We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.