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In Short

Year 1: Extended Certificate – This course is aimed at those interested in a career in the professional design, surveying or management side of the construction industry including:, Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Site Management and Civil engineering. Year 2: Extended Diploma – This is a follow-on course from the Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment. This BTEC is directly equivalent to three A Levels and can be used to progress to university or employment.

Entry Requirements

  • Selection is by interview
  • GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Science (or equivalent) or completion of Level 2 Diploma in a Construction trade route plus relevant GCSEs in English & Maths
  • You must demonstrate an interest and commitment to study.
  • Appropriate knowledge and/or experience gained at work or from other related qualifications is beneficial. You must have successfully completed the Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment before progressing to the Year 2 Extended Diploma

Course Content

Year 1 core units:

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction

Year 1 additional units:

  • Conversion, Adaptation and Maintenance of Buildings

Year 2 core units:

  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction

Year 2 additional units:

  • Quality Control Management in Construction
  • Planning Application Procedures in Construction
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Work Experience in the Construction Sector
  • The Housing Industry

In addition, you will complete a standalone Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Level 3 qualification, which is essential for progression to industry.

How will I be assessed?

Three core units will be externally assessed through exams.  All other units will be internally assessed continually throughout the course with set assignments.


Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to a degree programme in the following areas:

  • Architectural design
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Building surveying
  • Quantity surveying.
  • Progression to a HNC/HND is also an option.

Those who completed this course have obtained places at the following universities:

  • University of Brighton – BA (Hons) Architecture
  • London Metropolitan University – BA (Hons) Architecture
  • University of Plymouth – BSc (Hons) Architecture, Design & Structures
  • University of Plymouth – BA (Hons) Architecture
  • Southampton Solent University – BA (Hons) Architecture Technology.

Other students have moved on to employment in the construction industry.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You will be advised to purchase a textbook for the course. You will require a scientific calculator.  Essential drawing equipment can be purchased through the College at a substantial discount.  Due to the format of the course, access to a home laptop or desktop computer is essential.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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