Course details

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Qualification name BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2021
Cost description Please contact us for details.
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

This qualification will develop your technical knowledge of the built environment sector. It aims to give you an insight into how the buildings, infrastructure and landscape around us come into existence, and would like to find out more, this qualification covers all aspects of the creation of our towns and cities, and is fundamental to creating a sustainable future. Technical posts in the Construction sector include those of Architects; Building Surveyors; Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers. As a technician within the Construction sector you can expect to earn from £15,000 per annum, and with fully qualified professional status have the potential to earn up to £70,000 depending on the field. Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available for all pathways levels.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

4 GCSEs 9-4, including English, Mathematics and Science. Where you do not meet the entry requirements but have achieved GCSE grades 9-3 in English and Maths there is the opportunity to study the Extended Certificate in the first year to support the retake of these GCSEs.

View the key features of this course.

You will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks. Compulsory topics for all pathways include: • Construction Principles • Construction Design • Health and Safety in Construction • Construction Technology • Graphical Detailing (Including an introduction to CAD and BIM) • Building Regulations • Building Surveying For the ‘Quantity Surveying’ pathway you will take the following unit :in year 2 of study: • Tendering and Estimating • Measurement Techniques • Management in Construction • Project in Construction • Structural mechanics • Property maintenance and conversion

Understand how the course will be delivered.

The aim of the course is not only to extend the theoretical knowledge of the industry but also to introduce skills required for the workplace. Delivery is carried out traditionally in the classroom through formal and informal sessions, including practical and resource-based learning activities with tutorial back up. Working with employers, we aim to study local projects which help to extend the learning environment beyond the College premises.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

Two of the units are externally assessed. Construction Principles is assessed through a 90 minute written examination, taken in January or May/June. Construction Design is assessed through a piece of externally set and marked coursework carried out in a supervised environment.

Further Study:
Typically learners progress to a second year to complete an Extended Diploma. However some learners do progress to employment and return to study the Higher National Certificate on day release.

Career Opportunities:

Progression to direct employment in the sector could be as:
• trainee site engineer
• trainee quantity surveyor
• trainee technician estimator/buyer/planner
• trainee construction design technician.

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Name Castleford Campus
Address Thunderhead Ridge
West Yorkshire
WF10 4UA
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Phone 01924 789111

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