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Technical & Professional Construction Advanced (Level 3)

The study programme is mainly classroom based with the exception of one unit on surveying. Sessions are delivered through a series of lectures, directive learning, group work, individual work, research and role play. Over the two year course you will cover 18 units (9 each year) and as the subjects interlink with each other, you will be basing these around a simulated construction project. For example, you could be designing a site agent’s house on the College site, drawing it both by hand and computer 3D modelling, setting the building out on the grass, pricing it up, and preparing applications for planning permission and building control. By the end of the study programme you should have a good understanding of the whole construction process, as well as building up a portfolio to take to interviews. Where possible various trips are organised each year, and guest speakers are brought in to give an insight into the different roles within the industry.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Health and safety
    • Sustainable construction
    • Maths in construction
    • Sciences and materials
    • Construction technology and design
    • Project management
    • Building technology
    • Measuring, estimating and tendering
    • Economics and finance
    • Setting out processes
    • Underpinning science for provision of human comfort
    • Building surveying
    • Mechanical and electrical services
    • Building regulations and control
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • Where possible various trips are organised each year, and guest speakers are brought in to give an insight into the different roles within the industry.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed mainly through research and assignments, although there will also be some practical elements of assessment.


Construction & The Built Environment BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • Health, Safety and Environment (CSCS) Test
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you could progress on to studying at degree-level here at College including: Construction HNC, Construction HND, Building Services & Sustainability FdSc or Sustainable Construction FdSc . Alternatively you could pursue employment in the construction industry.

Additional information

You will be required to attend College for three days per week. You will need to attend an interview prior to starting this study programme. Additional costs for equipment, for example high visibility jackets and steel toe cap boots etc., may be required and will be discussed at your interview. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses.

To take part in this study programme you will be required to pay £20 for uniform/equipment and £30 for a course textbook to aid your studies. You will also need to pay £10 to attend educational event(s) that complement your course.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

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. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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 DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street C899

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