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

The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16+ study programme for learners who want a strong core of sector study. This qualification is intended for those entering the following occupations: construction management and construction design; building surveying and quantity surveying.


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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)


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 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?

You will gain a 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. However successful applicants will need to supply their own course equipment, materials and PPE.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

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


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Which department is this course in?

Department of Art, Enterprise and Construction

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring with you a scientific calculator and suitable writing materials.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.


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