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BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment - Level 3


This course is for learners aged 19+ who are looking for a career change or to upskill within their current profession and move onto job roles such as an architect, project manager or quantity surveyor.

The construction industry has never been so varied and dynamic, and this course offers you the opportunity to develop your existing knowledge of the industry.

You will learn how to the demands of employers in the construction and the built environment sector, and adapt to a constantly changing world.

Not only do you learn employability skills like self-management, team working and problem-solving you also study units like Construction Technology, Architectural and construction technology, Project management and more. These units are taught by industry-experienced tutors in our amazing construction facilities.

Start dates and fees

Course start dates are indicated in the table below. The course will require you to attend classes on Thursday and Friday every week, plus the additional self-study time on Thursdays.


Course fees are detailed in the table below. However, this course is free if it is your first level 3 qualification or if you already hold a level 3 or above and are unemployed or earning less than £18,525 per year.

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
Sep 20224801A1426FREE* to £8583.00Apply

* 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.

What will I study?

• Construction Technology
• Architectural and construction technology 
• Project management 
• Building and quantity surveying 
• Architecture 
• Scientific and mathematical applications for construction.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • GCSE English, maths and science with at least grade 4/C
  • Or, a relevant BTEC diploma/NVQ Level 3 in a craft occupation
  • Or, previous employment within the construction sector


Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by completing

  • Projects
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Coursework
  • The creation of design documents

What can I progress onto?

  • University-level study
  • A higher apprenticeship
  • Employment


How do I apply?

Apply online

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