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BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment - Level 3


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.

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 4 points (grade C) and/or
  • A relevant BTEC diploma/NVQ Level 3 in a craft occupation (depending on age).

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also 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, subject to an interview. 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 20172 yr(s)4800A1410FREEFREE* to £4080.00Apply online
Sep 20182 yr(s)4800A1410FREEFREE* to £4080.00Apply online

* 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?

Assessment is through a mixture of projects, assignments, case studies and 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?

The course consists of the following units:

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Construction Technology
  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Building Regulations and Control
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Work Experience in Construction
  • Project in Construction
  • Planning Application Procedures in Construction
  • Property Law
  • Conversion, Adaption and Maintenance of Building

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.

How do I apply?

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