Construction & The Built Environment

L3 Level 3
Full Time
5 September 2022 — 7 July 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Looking to pursue a career in the construction industry? You've come to the right place! This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment will suit anyone with a keen interest to pursue a career as an Architect, Building Surveyor, Construction Manager, Civil Engineer, Quantity Surveyor or follow any other professional career pathway in the sector. The construction industry covers a wide range of employment opportunities, and this programme will allow you to gain the fundamental knowledge required for entry into the sector. You will also obtain a recognised qualification, which will act as a springboard into higher education.

This is the first year of a 2 year programme. The course is the equivalent to 1.5 A Levels per year and following successful completion of the 2 year programme, learners will have the equivalent of 3 A Levels and sufficient UCAS points to progress to University.

What you will study

Core Modules & Specialist Units will include:

  • Unit 1 Construction Principles
  • Unit 2 Construction Design
  • Unit 4 Construction Technology
  • Unit 5 Health and Safety
  • Unit 6 Surveying in Construction
  • Unit 7 Graphical Detailing in Construction

Additionally learners are required to have their own safety boots before starting the course. The boots can be bought from any retailer.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

4 GCSE's Grades A* - C. Students are required to purchase their own safety boots. PPE/Equipment needed to study- Safety boots, work clothing or overalls to change for practical sessions. Students would also benefit from having access to a laptop or desktop device.

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

7 July 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

17.75 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment


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

On completion of this course students can progress onto our HNC / HND pathways or to university to complete a degree in their chosen CBE pathway.

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

Dumballs Road,
CF10 5FE