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

Course Overview

The Foundation Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16 plus study programme for full time learners who want a strong core of sector study. The qualification is intended to meet the educational base for registration as a technician. This qualification can also be used as a progression pathway into the Higher National Certificate at level 4, or into university. This qualification is intended for those entering the following occupations: construction management and building design; building surveying and quantity surveying.

What topics are covered?

The programme of study is a mix of 7 compulsory and 3 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)
  • 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)
  • Quantity Surveying: Learners understand the underlying principles of quantity surveying when working for both the client and main contractor.
  • 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 to those already working in the construction design and build sectors undertaking career development, and to those who are entering the construction industry for the first time as an advance apprentice, for example.

What are the entry requirements?

In order 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 Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction) (RQF

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

As this is an academic qualification leading to a professional or technician status, the majority 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, one day per week of lectures, 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 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.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

The college has CAD available for all learners and a range of surveying equipment which are used throughout the programme

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

We have strong links with a range of local employers, helping you to find employment in the area. We are currently working closely with leading architectural practice Stride Treglown who support our programmes and provide opportunities for learners.


Bath College is an approved centre for providing Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) programmes.


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Which department is this course in?

Engineering, Construction and Computing

What do I need to bring?

All learners will need to bring paper, pens, calculators and a scale ruler

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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