Course Title Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma Construction and the Built Environment
Level: 3
Code Y831

Overview of the Course

This is a specialist and work-related qualification that will provide a progression pathway to advanced apprenticeships for technical and managerial roles and also onto higher education. A significant proportion of recruitment in the construction sector is at graduate level and this course will allow entry to a range of HNC/HND and Foundation Degree programmes.

What are the career opportunities?

Construction offers huge employment potential if you are interested in the sector. It contributes £90bn to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total, with over 2.9 million jobs in over 280,000 businesses. The global construction output is forecast to increase from around $8.5trillion today to $12trillion in 2025. Construction employment is very diverse, ranging from single home repairs to working on major infrastructure developments. There are many opportunities in technical and managerial roles, such as surveyor, quantity surveyor, civil engineer and project management, where a keen eye for detail combined with excellent communication and mathematical skills are required.

What are the entry requirements?

This is a progression course for construction students that have completed a Level 2 or Level 3 diploma in one of the following trades: Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical Installation, Plastering or Plumbing. In certain circumstances it may be possible to enrol on this course with alternative post-16 qualifications, however you must have already achieved your GCSE Grades 9-4 (A*-C) in English and maths.

How long is the course and when can I start?

This is a full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will complete a combination of mandatory and optional units, all assessed by coursework assignments. Mandatory units include: Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction, Sustainable Construction, Mathematics in Construction, Science and Materials in Construction. Optional units include: Building technology, Measuring, estimating and tendering, Project in construction, Employment framework in the built environment, Conversion and adaptation of buildings, Measurement techniques. Each unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Your final qualification will have two grades in the range PP to D*D* and attract up to 84 UCAS points.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get along with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply ratios and formulae to standard units of weight, length time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement during the second term. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Construction students have recently completed successful work experience placements with the following employers: Kaberry Building, Carefoot plc, Six Town Housing, Seddon Construction, Travis Perkins, Cruden Construction.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression onto employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There may be additional costs for coursework study visits.

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