Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

What topics are covered by the course?

What you will Study

Whilst studying on this BTEC Foundation Diploma you will cover four mandatory units * Construction Principles * Construction Design * Health and Safety In Construction * Construction Technology In addition you will study a further three optional units to develop your skills and knowledge around How to design and how to produce drawings and specifications How to plan organise and control of resources used in Construction How to survey a site and then use the information from the survey to calculate quantities How to measure works, estimate quantities and tender for construction work In addition you will develop maths and science skills applied to Construction

How you will Learn

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. Through this study programme you will develop the ability to learn independently; the ability to research actively and methodically; develop and strengthen communication skills through group activity and presentation work:

Course Structure

Classroom based: 70% Practical work: 20% Organised study: 10%

Who should attend?

4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including English and Maths OR 4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) AND Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths, and Grade D (new grade 3) or Level 1 Functional Skills in the other

What will I be able to do on completion?

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

This course will enable you to progress your career into areas such as architecture, quantity surveying, building surveying, civil engineering and building services engineering. These jobs combine both office and on –site based activities.

How will I be assessed?

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. The remaining units are assessed through assignment work completed throughout the academic year that will identify how you applied the knowledge gained. Some of these assignments will be based around practical work carried out during the unit session. All assignment work has to be completed within the timescales provided and is restricted to a single submission. In extreme cases an extension of time can be granted by the internal verifier and one resubmission granted

Standard Information

Venue Wakefield City Campus, Castleford Campus
Programme Level Level 3
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date September
Day/Evening Day
Awarding Body Pearson Edexcel

Further Study

Typically learners use this qualification as a foundation for a further year of study to achieve a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, selecting one of the specialist routes Civil Engineering /Construction/ Building Service. The core units studied in this qualification can allow for progression to the second year of the Extended Diploma. This is available at Wakefield College.

Career Opportunities

This qualification will prepare students for direct employment in the construction and built environment sector. This is typically through an advanced Apprenticeship in a particular specialist area of work, such as: • trainee site engineer • trainee construction project technician • trainee technician estimator/buyer/planner • trainee construction design technician. There are many roles in this sector where recruitment is at graduate level. Learners progress to year 2 and achieve an Extended Diploma. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example: • BSc (Hons) in Construction Management, • BSc (Hons) in Property Management (Building Surveying), • BSc (Hons) in Architecture, • BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering, • HNC/D in Civil Engineering • HNC/D in Building Services Engineering • HND in Construction and the Built Environment ( Available at Wakefield College)

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Delivery: Classroom
Category: Construction »
Duration: 1 year
Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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