Construction BTEC Extended Diploma


Why should I study Construction?

Construction and its related industries are responsible for nearly 9% of employment within the UK. The careers and opportunities that can arise from studying construction at Level 3 go far beyond the generic roles of architect, civil engineer and bricklayer. Modern construction involves a wide variety of roles that are ever-changing. Studying construction allows you to keep an open view looking forward to your next choice, whether that be university, apprenticeship or using the transferable skills in another field. You will visit different sites to reinforce learning and help put the course into context. Professionals from within the industry will also visit to give you an insight into how it all works in the real world.

What will I study?

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. You will cover fifteen units over the two years. There are nine core units covering areas such as: Health and Safety, Construction Technology, Building Technology and Sustainable Construction. The aim of these core units is to give an overview of the industry as a whole. The remaining units provide a wide range of skills and techniques that will enable you to pursue your chosen career pathway. These areas include Surveying, Graphic Detailing, Civil Engineering and Converting and Adapting Buildings. Many of the units have transferable skills. Overall you will achieve a wide range of skills that will allow you to specialise in many areas of construction at the next level.

How will I be assessed?

80% of this course will be assessed coursework and 20% will be a combination of controlled assessment and a written examination. This is a practical, work related course and you will learn by completing tasks and assignments that are based on realistic situations.

Next steps

This course presents you with the opportunity to follow a career pathway in many aspects of the construction environment, from technical/managerial apprenticeships to degree courses in Construction Management and Architectural Engineering. The transferable nature of the topics will enable you to access different industries or more entrepreneurial roles.

Why should I choose Construction?

The wide and varied topics studied ensure that the course has areas to suit all strengths and interests, from designing the conversion of old buildings to learning the skills of surveying on sites to exploring the science behind building designs. This ensures that not only is it a captivating course but that it will enable you to take your next step in your chosen career pathway.

Entry Requirements

5 Full Course GCSEs at grade A*- C including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

To study this subject a BTEC First Diploma or equivalent qualification in Construction is preferred.