Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma - City of Wolverhampton College

Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma Study Mode: Full Time   |    Course Level: 3

This course provides an in depth knowledge of a range of technical and professional occupations in construction and the built environment. It is perfect for anyone who wishes to enter a particular specialist area of work, such as construction contracting technician, design technician, architectural technician, quantity surveying technician, estimating technician, site quality controller, building control, planning technician, and/or progress to higher education. This technical Level 3 qualification is equivalent to three A Levels.

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Four or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, maths and science OR
  • Successful completion of a full Level 2 study programme in a related area.

The course consists of mandatory and optional units. There are nine mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of construction:

  • Construction principles
  • Construction design
  • Tendering and estimating
  • Construction technology
  • Health and safety in construction
  • Surveying in construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project

The 6 additional optional units which will give you the chance to learn about a particular aspect of construction in more depth.

By studying this course you will develop employability skills:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions and using systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

You will also develop transferable skills that universities value including:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • Being able to deliver presentations and being active group members

You will be continually assessed throughout the programme. There are several components to the assessment. Unit 1, 2 and 3 are externally assessed, including a written exam and supervised assessments. The remaining 12 units are assessed internally through assignments.  

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to pursue a career in the construction and built environment sector, and is ideal if you wish to enter a particular specialist area of work, such as:

  • Construction contracting technician
  • Design technician
  • Architectural technician
  • Quality controller
  • Site quality controller
  • Building control/planning technician
  • Quantity surveying technician

After you have successfully completed this course, you can progress on to higher education courses in construction.


Our construction centre is the perfect place for you to develop your skills and knowledge of the construction profession. You will also be taught by tutors who have a wealth of industry experience, and who will help you get to grips with this fast-paced industry. 

Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma
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