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Construction BTEC Level 3 Diploma

This course provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the sector. The course also offers different choices for emphasis through the selection of specialist units.


“I really enjoyed the course because it was not just about the technical content; it was also about preparing me for a professional position. They even arranged for some local construction industry bosses to come in and prepare me for interviews. And after only one interview I am now a trainee manager at a construction company in Bedford!”

Lee Novell - Construction BTEC Level 3 Diploma Construction & the Built Environment

Entry requirements

If you are aged 16-–19, you will need:

  • A BTEC First qualification in Construction or a related vocational area, OR
  • An Intermediate NVQ in an appropriate vocational area, OR
  • A GCSE equivalent to four passes at grade C.

Adult learners (19+) can gain entry to this course following a successful interview and APL. This course is suitable for those in construction employment wishing to achieve a qualification in the field of 'technical and professional'.

Course content

You will study the following five core units:

  • Health, Safety & Welfare
  • Construction & the Environment
  • Construction Technology & Design
  • Construction Science & Materials
  • Analytical Methods.

You will also be required to complete all five of the following specialist units:

  • Planning, Organisation & Control of Resources
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Surveying Processes
  • Building Technology
  • Building Surveying.

  • You will also study two of the following specialist optional units:

    • Measuring, Tendering & Estimating Processes
    • Environmental Science
    • Building Regulations & Control
    • ICT & CAD.

    This is specifically for people in employment.

    Assessment methods

    Assessment is through assignments and products.

    Further study and career options

    Following completion of this course you could progress onto higher level study of HNC/D, Foundation Degree and Degree in related subjects. You could alternatively progress into careers including: architectural technician, employment in surveying practices, housing association trainee surveyor, housing technician.

    Additional information

    Study for this part-time course is for one full day per week. You are expected to spend the equivalent number of hours studying privately, as you spend studying at college.

    Funding information

    If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

    Course information & how to book

    To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

    LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
    33 week(s) 22/09/2017 Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £1274 Cauldwell Street C1389 Apply

    Additional Learning Support
    If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

    Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
    At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

    We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

    Additional formats
    Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
    01234 291000 to order your copy.

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    If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £21,000 per year!

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