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

Course Overview

The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners aged 18yrs and over who want to progress to higher education courses in construction areas before entering employment. It can also support learners who want to progress directly to employment in job roles in construction or a professional construction role and Higher Apprenticeships in the construction sector.

What topics are covered?

The programme of study is a mix of 9 compulsory and 6 optional subject units.


Units include:

  • Construction Principles: learners explore the science and materials, construction mathematics essential to sustainable building design and performance (compulsory external assessment)
  • Construction Design: learners explore the factors that influence the design and construction of sustainable buildings and structures (compulsory external assessment)
  • Tendering and Estimating: Learners carry out estimating procedures to produce an estimated project cost and then consider external factors and risks to develop a firm tender offer (compulsory external assessment)
  • Construction Technology: learners explore different ways of building and the different technologies and methods used and where and when to apply them (compulsory internal assessment)
  • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare: learners explore the legislation relevant to the construction workplace, the production of safe systems of work, recording and reporting procedures (compulsory internal assessment)
  • Land surveying: learners develop practical and theoretical skills in the surveying of land, and to secure measurement data for use in the construction design process. (compulsory internal assessment)
  • Graphical Detailing: learners develop their skills in understanding construction drawings, details and specifications, the production of simple construction graphical information manually and using CAD (compulsory internal assessment)
  • Building Regulations and Control: Learners interpret and apply the requirements of the building regulations to existing and new-build schemes, including the application process and different methods of inspection and control (compulsory internal assessment)
  • Optional, internally assessed, units can include:
  • Management of a Construction Project: Learners gain an understanding of management principles and their application to the construction industry.
  • Offsite and Onsite Alternative Construction Methods: Learners will develop skills in selecting alternative construction methods to meet wider changes in the construction industry.
  • Quantity Surveying: Learners understand the underlying principles of quantity surveying when working for both the client and main contractor.
  • Quality Control Management in Construction: Learners explore the methods used in the quality control of construction work.
  • Measurement Techniques: explores the quantification of construction work, the production of simple bills of quantity and their contribution to the tendering process.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is designed to provide career development opportunities in construction project and site management, architecture, and construction design, estimating and tendering, building surveying and quantity surveying. The course is ideal for learners who have completed their A-levels and are seeking a new career direction, and for 18+ learners who have decided to enter full time further education.

What are the entry requirements?

To make this course as accessible as possible, there are a number of entry routes, including:

Level 2 Diploma in Construction in the Built Environment (QCF / RQF) minimum overall grade of Merit, Merit.

Four full GCSEs: Maths grade 5, English language grade 4 and 2 further subjects at grade 4 (ideally physics science, history, geography)

A formal interview with an initial assessment of current English and maths skills will also have to be undertaken.

To confirm the equivalency of your qualifications, please email admissionsft@bathcollege.ac.uk.

What qualifications will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) (RQF)

How will I learn?

As this is an academic qualification leading to a professional or technician status, much of the programme is delivered in a classroom environment. However, practical surveying work, design work and site visits will be undertaken as part of the course.

What hours will I be in college?

Usually, three days per week of lectures and a tutorial, plus, you will be expected to allow additional time for personal study.

How will I be assessed?

Your work and progress will be continuously assessed by a range of methods including an externally assessed exam and a design project, internally assessed assignments, practical activities, and tutor observations.

To confirm the equivalency of your qualifications, please email admissionsft@bathcollege.ac.uk.

What can I do after this course?

The National Extended Diploma is a two-year programme of study, if completed successfully, it can allow you to progress to higher education on one of our part time HNC programmes, or on to employment in the construction industry at a professional or technician level.

Are there any additional costs?

No. successful applicants will need to supply their own course equipment, materials and PPE.


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