Construction and the Built Environment Level 3

The Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma is a work-related qualification reflecting the knowledge and understanding required in the industry:

  • Providing opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally­ recognised level 3 vocationally-specific construction, civil engineering or building services qualification.
  • Providing opportunities for learners who are already in, or about to enter into employment.
  • Providing education, training and the application of knowledge in technical areas that are directly relevant to the industry.

National Skills Level 3 Offer

From April 2021, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee gives adult learners (who will be studying for their first full Level 3 qualification) the opportunity to study a fully-funded course. It is part of the government’s National Skills Fund to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment, and to improve their job prospects.

This Level 3 course offered at Colchester Institute is included in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

This programme will be free if you meet the eligibility criteria listed below. If these do not apply, you may need to pay a fee, and the fee is located further down the course information page. You can apply for a loan to cover all of your tuition fees.

Do I have to pay a fee?

This course will be free:

  • If you are aged 19+ and enrolling on a full level 3 course and you do not already have a qualification at this level*. (In some cases, if you need to enrol on a lower level to be able to progress to Level 3 you may also be eligible for free training)

* This means that you have not previously attained a full level 3 or equivalent (2 A Levels or 4 AS Levels, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at level 3, or a level 3 Tech level or applied general qualification (e.g. BTEC)).

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

What Will I Learn?

You will be given the opportunity to apply your learning in a practical and realistic way. In addition to your main programme, you will study English and Maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you may study GCSE English or Maths.

This course is delivered through a mixture of classroom tuition, practical skills, guided assignment work and personal study.

You will complete the 90 Credit Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

  • The Construction and the Built Environment BTEC 90 Credit Diploma Level 3 programme is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and consists of 9 units of study.
  • The Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma Level 3 programme is equivalent to 3 A Levels and consists of 18 units of study.
Course Content

Construction and the Built Environment core units include:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Maths in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
  • CAD in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Building Technology in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Construction and the Environment
  • Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering

Plus a selection of optional units including amongst others:

  • ICT in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Project Management in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Economics and Finance in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
Entry Requirements
  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification
  • An interview
Career Opportunities

This course enables access to many vocational pathways such as architecture, building surveying, civil engineering and construction management.

Course Progression

Upon successful completion of the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Construction students can progress to the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Degree level study such as the BSc (Hons) Construction Management or other construction discipline, Foundation Degree or Certificate in Higher Education in Construction.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Construction and the Built Environment Level 3
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo years | Year 1: Foundation Diploma | Year 2: Extended Diploma
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £8,583* (This fee covers the full two-year course)
*This course will be free to any adult meeting the eligibility criteria under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee


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