Construction and the Built Environment
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
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Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Extended Diploma Devon and Exeter Construction Centre 1 year/2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This programme is designed for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification and offer you a choice of career routes into the construction industry or onto university. The course aims to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. In your first year you will study the Subsidiary Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year. The Functional Skills English and Maths will be discussed at your interview. Assessments will be carried out through the use of assignments and by externally set projects. The course involves a degree of practical work associated with surveying and the setting out of buildings.


Subsidiary Diploma: 1 year
Extended Diploma: 2 years

What topics will I study?

The course consists of 18 units made up of six compulsory units and 12 specialist units and is equivalent to three A Levels.

Subsidiary Diploma units will cover:

  • Graphical detailing
  • Building regulations
  • Sustainable construction
  • Surveying
  • Health and safety
  • Maths
  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Economics

Extended Diploma units will cover:

  • Further maths
  • Property valuation
  • Autocad
  • Topographic surveying
  • Building surveying
  • Structural mechanics
  • Building technology
  • Project management
  • Environmental science

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from strong industry links, guest speakers and site visits. Although work experience is not a requirement of the course students attending this programme would benefit from work experience in order to aid progression and potentially improve employment opportunities.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 4 in science.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre, Soils Lab, refectory, IT suite and sudent social area.

What can the course lead on to?

You may seek employment or study on a part-time course in construction or civil engineering at national or higher national levels. Previously the majority of students have chosen to progress on to the HNC in Construction at Exeter College. Possible careers would be in architecture, building management and surveying, quantity surveying, estates management, civil engineering or building services engineering. There are also learners taking part in "A Year in Industry Schemes" or progressing straight to university.

Are there any additional costs?

Drawing equipment is required and course books are available but not compulsory. You must provide safety boots. There is a non-refundable Resource Fee of £95 per full time student per year. This will contribute towards the high cost of industrial standard software used in CAD sessions. You will have corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineers, it will also cover the cost of one Hi-Viz jacket, one pair of safety glasses, one pair of gloves and the exam fee for one CSCS test. 

What do our students think?

I did the 14-16 course then progressed to this and I also did work experience which helps you to understand the course more. Being based at Sowton means that all the construction areas are together so you get to use all the facilities and we've done surveying at other sites too. We visited Jewson to see their showroom to get an understanding of products available to advise clients. Women in Construction is a half day event that students from schools visit and it's worth doing if you're a woman thinking of doing construction. Next year I'll be starting the HNC in Construction and then plan to do building surveying." Melissa

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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