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?

  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Development Manager

What are the entry requirements?

BTEC Level 1 or 2 in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical Installation, Plastering or Plumbing, plus GCSEs in English and maths at grades 9-4 (A*-C). In certain circumstances it may be possible to enrol on this course with alternative post - 16 qualifications.

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

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Electrical Installation students have previously secured high quality placements at:

  • National Building Corporations
  • Housing Associations
  • Local building firms
  • Local schools
  • Heritage Centres

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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