Construction and the Built Environment - Higher Apprenticeship

L4 Level 4
Part Time
5 September 2022 — 12 July 2024
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Construction and the Built Environment is an ideal subject for students wishing to become an Architect, Building Surveyor, Construction Manager, Civil Engineer, Quantity Surveyor or follow any other professional career pathway in the sector.

This programme will provide you with the fundamental knowledge required for further progression within the construction industry and open the doorway to a new career. It will also provide you with a recognised qualification that will act as a springboard towards achieving your degree.

What you will study

The programme encompasses a wide range of subject areas and is made up of a combination of mandatory and optional units, including;

  • Design Principles
  • Science & Materials
  • Health, Safety & Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment
  • Project Management
  • Building Control Procedures and Legislation
  • Measuring, Tendering & Estimating
  • Site Surveying Procedures
  • Group Project

Course fee per year

Part Course Fees: £0.00

Entry requirements

Employed in the industry within a relevant role and hold five GCSE’s at grade C or above, to include Maths, Science and English, BTEC Level 3 Diploma (PPP) or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject. Mature learners with a suitable academic background may be accepted at the discretion of the Course Tutor.

Teaching and assessment

  • Practical assessment and written assignments and exams

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

5 September 2022

End date

12 July 2024

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

7 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built E


What our students say

I have enjoyed being around the City Centre Campus, it's a nice surrounding and everyone gets along. The highlight of my time at college has been the new friends I have made and the different atmosphere from school. You can gain new skills and do things you'd never thought you could do before.

David Warner
Painting and Decorating Level 2

Career prospects & further study

After completing this course you can go on to complete the full 2-year Extended Diploma. Many students progress onto courses at university, others go directly into employment. CAVC offers a HNC in Sport Coaching which if competed successfully leads on to a top up at Cardiff Metropolitan University to complete the full degree course.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

Dumballs Road,
CF10 5FE