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Construction BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This course provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the sector. The course also offers different choices for emphasis through the selection of specialist units.


“I really enjoyed the course because it was not just about the technical content; it was also about preparing me for a professional position. They even arranged for some local construction industry bosses to come in and prepare me for interviews. And after only one interview I am now a trainee manager at a construction company in Bedford!”

Lee Novell - Construction BTEC Level 3 Diploma Construction & the Built Environment

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those in construction employment wishing to achieve a qualification in the field of 'technical and professional'.

You will need:

  • A BTEC First qualification in Construction or a related vocational area, OR
  • An Intermediate NVQ in an appropriate vocational area, OR
  • GCSE equivalent to four passes (including Maths & English) at grade C, OR
  • Experience in the industry, which will be assessed during your interview 

Course content

Over the two years you will study the following six core units:

  • Health, Safety & Welfare in Construction & the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Mathematics in Construction & the Built Environment
  • Science & Materials in Construction & the Built Environment
  • Construction Technology & Design in Construction & Civil Engineering
  • Building Technology in Construction

You will also study six optional units such as:

  • Computer Aided Design (Revit & AutoCAD)
  • Project Management in Construction & the Built Environment
  • Measuring, Estimating & Tendering Processes
  • Land Surveying in Construction & Civil Engineering
  • Setting Out Processes in Construction & Civil Engineering
  • Building Surveying in Construction

Assessment methods

Assessment is through assignments, in class tests and presentations.

The course will be classroom based, however focuses on real scenarios and includes Guest speakers from Industry and site visits to enhance the learning process.

Further study and career options

Following completion of this course you could progress onto higher level study of HNC/D, Foundation Degree and Degree in related subjects. You could alternatively progress into careers including: architectural technician, employment in surveying practices, housing association trainee surveyor, housing technician.

Additional information

Study for this part-time course is for one full day per week for 2 years. You are expected to spend the equivalent number of hours studying privately.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 22/09/2017 Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £1274 Cauldwell Street C1389 Course in progress

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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