Construction - Level 3 90 Credit Diploma (EDEXCEL)
Qualification Obtained: BTEC 90-credit Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (QCF)
The construction sector offers huge potential for students interested in the sector. Construction contributes nearly £90bn to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total. There are 2.9 million jobs filled in the Construction Industry, circa 10% of all jobs (in over 280,000 businesses). The global construction output is forecast to increase from around $8.5 trillion today to $12 trillion in 2025. The UK has the sixth largest green construction sector in the world and around 60,000 jobs are expected to be supported by the insulation sector alone by 2015.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma (720 GLH) in Construction and the Built Environment (QCF) is part of a larger suite of construction qualifications, in a range of sizes, which share the common purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the construction sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. By studying a BTEC National, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts.
Course Entry Requirements
GCSE grade 'C' in Mathematics and English Literature, 'C' in Science would be beneficial. Please get in contact to discuss individual circumstances on 01253 504074 or visit us at Bispham campus.
Career Options and Progression
The Level 3 90 credit programme is the first year of the Level 3 Extended diploma, you will enrol on this after the first year core units are successfully completed.
A Level 3 Extended Diploma is recognised by many professional organisations as an entry qualification for student membership. Universities also recognise an appropriate level 3 Extended Diploma as an entry qualification, onto degree courses subject to the grades obtained on the course. Career opportunities exist in both the contracting an professional areas of the construction industry. Some of these areas include: Architecture and Design, Building Control, Building Services Engineering, Building Surveying, Civil Engineering, Clerk of Work, Construction Management, Estate Agency, Estimating, Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Structural Engineering. More details of these career areas are available on Learnnet. The staff will give you as much advice as possible to assist you in your career progression.
Modules and Assessment
You will undertake many modules which include: Architecture and design, Construction Site and Project Management, Sustainable Processes, Hand drafting techniques and CAD Drawing, Land and Building Surveying, Land and Property Law, Building Inspection, Civil and Structural Engineering, Health and Safety, Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment as well as Communication and IT.
Alongside this you will be working on a Personal Development Plan to help improve you employability skills and may include voluntary, charity and team work. Your Personal Tutor will support you throughout the course and in the development of your profile.
You will be assessed in a variety of assessments this will include: discussions, role play, observations, presentations, video creation, sketches and written assignments.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This course has a variety of methods of its delivery of its subject these will include: Site Visits, Guest Speakers, Guest Lecturers, Seminars, Class based written work, Digital Devices and E-Learning, Field visits and Role play.
We have a specialist computer suite with Computer Aided Design and Revit.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Learners are to conduct a minimum of 20 hours relevant work experience alongside the course. This can be achieved in a number of ways such as work on local projects, community challenge work as well as work placements. Good links with employers means that positions will be offered subject to quality CV and a successful interview through having Job Ready Status. Learners are encouraged to look for work independently.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
Other costs may include small contributions to external visits and trips.
Safety Boots, USB Flash Drive min 4GB, BTEC Construction and The Built Environment Level 3 Textbook, writing and drawing equipment and a scientific calculator.
The college will provide PPE equipment such as visual vests and hard hats when required.
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