Construction and Built Environment Level 3 National Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: TBS310CD
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Study mode: Full Time


The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Architecture and Advanced Construction is a practical, work related qualification suitable for a wide range of students, built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. It provides a practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background.

What will I study?

The course is made up of mandatory units and optional units from a broad range of professional and subject-specific specialist units, offering learners the chance to study particular areas in depth and the opportunity to follow a clear specialist pathway. 

You will learn about:

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health & Safety in Construction
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Site Engineering for Construction
  • Measuring Techniques in Construction
  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Housing Design Project
  • Renewable Energy for Housing


Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or completion of a Level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

Students are continually assessed through coursework, assignments and through observation of their practical activities.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 Extended Diploma, you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. A triple distrinction in your Extended Diploma gives the same level of UCAS Tariff points as 3 As at A-Level. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Typical career routes are Architecture, Building Management, Building Surveying, Site Surveying and Estate Management. 

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Construction Contracts Manager

Construction contracts managers help to win building contracts. They also help to control costs and keep construction projects on track. Projects can include everything from commercial and residential developments to road and rail engineering works.

If you're good with numbers and IT and can pay close attention to detail, you could find a career as a construction contracts manager very rewarding.

To do this job you will need experience in the construction industry, although you may be able to get in if you have a background in contracting and managing projects in other sectors.

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Construction Manager

If you are experienced in construction, and you can lead and motivate a team, this job could be ideal for you.

Construction managers, also known as site managers or site agents, supervise and direct operations on a construction project to make sure it is completed safely, on time and within budget.

In this job you will need to be a 'people person'. You will need to be a creative problem solver. You will also need to be good at organising and planning.

To get into this job you would usually need to have a relevant foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree, or several years' experience in the building industry. You could also come into this job from a background as an estimator, a building technician or a site supervisor.?

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Construction Operative

If you enjoy practical work and want a job outdoors, then working on a building site could be for you.

To be a construction operative or site labourer, you will need a good level of fitness. You will need a basic knowledge of building methods and materials. You will also need a good head for heights.

There are no set entry requirements to become a construction operative. You may have an advantage if you have some on-site experience. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in subjects like maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

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Health And Safety Adviser

As a health and safety adviser or officer, you would use your knowledge and skills to reduce injuries, accidents and health problems in the workplace. If you have an eye for detail and love problem solving, this could be the ideal job for you.

You will need to be able to apply your communication skills when writing reports or dealing with employers. You’ll also be expected to have a good knowledge of health and safety legislation.

Most health and safety advisers get into this role by either completing a qualification and then looking for work or studying whilst working. It is becoming more common for advisers to enter this profession with a degree level qualification.

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Building Technician

Building technicians support building managers on construction projects.

To become a building technician, you will need to have an excellent knowledge of building methods and materials. You will need good communication skills. You will also need to be able to work well as part of a team.

You may be able to get into this career in a number of ways. For example, by taking on-the-job training, through a higher education course or by completing an Advanced Apprenticeship.

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Building Control Officer

Building control officers make sure that regulations are followed when buildings are being constructed. The regulations cover areas like public health, fire safety, energy conservation and building accessibility. If you want to use your knowledge of safe construction to help keep building standards high, this job could be ideal for you.

You’ll need to have good problem-solving skills. You’ll also use your excellent communication skills to explain technical terms and regulations clearly to members of the public and other professionals like architects and engineers.

Most new building control surveyors have an HNC, HND or a degree or an equivalent qualification in building studies or a related subject. You may also move into this job from another role in building and construction.

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Builders' Merchant

Builders’ merchants supply products and materials to construction companies, tradespeople and the general public. They make up and deliver orders, and advise customers on which products to use for particular job.

If you want a practical job, working with customers that combines indoor and outdoor work, this could be ideal for you.

Excellent customer care skills and some knowledge of construction would be useful. You’ll also need to be physically fit.

You don’t need any set qualifications for this job but you will need a good head for numbers to work out quantities, prices and quotes. You may be able to start on an apprenticeship scheme.

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Building Surveyor

Building surveyors advise clients about the design and construction of new buildings. They also advise on the maintenance and repair of existing buildings. Clients can range from home owners to large commercial and industrial companies. If you are interested in buildings and like the idea of a varied job where expert advice is key, this could be perfect for you.

To be a building surveyor, you should have good problem-solving skills. You will need strong communication and presentation skills. You will also need to be able to understand your client’s business needs.

To qualify as a building surveyor, you will need to complete a degree course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Building Services Engineer

Building services engineers design, install and service the equipment and systems found in buildings like offices and shops. This can include heating and ventilation, hot and cold water systems, lighting, electrical cabling and telecommunications networks.

If you want a varied job, like solving problems and have good practical skills, this could be the career for you.

To do this job you will need qualifications and experience in an engineering trade as a technician or by completing a graduate trainee scheme with a company.

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If you study construction or engineering you will be based in the construction centre or the brand new £7 million Futures Centre. Our facilities are some of the best in the area. With environmental technology workshops, mechanical workshop, electrical laboratories, a mock bungalow, CAD facilities and a real life plant room, you will be able to practice your skills in a real life working environment.

Enrichment & Employability

 Whether you want to become a builder, plumber, site manager or civil engineer, our courses will prepare you for the next steps. Alongside your course you will regularly visit construction sites to gain a better understanding of what it will be like once you become qualified to work.

Many students seek part time or voluntary work with architects, surveyors and building companies to gain some real life experience alongside their studies and enhance their CV.