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Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Diploma

Course Information

  • Course Code: TBS390
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: EDEXCEL
  • Study mode: Full Time

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Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Diploma prepares you for employment or moving onto higher education and is an ideal qualification if you are interested in pursuing a professional or technical career within the construction industry.

You'll develop key skills in design, analysis and evaluation as well as study topics including surveying, setting out, estimating. construction design and health and safety.

You'll explore the economic, social and environmental impact that the built environment has on individuals and communities, as well as looking at the different demands made upon land use over time and the activities which shape and develop and influence the build environment. 

This course is perfect if you are looking for a career as an Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Building Surveyor, Project Manager, Site Manager, Civil Engineer or a Property Developer.


What will I study?

This course comprises of a variety of units, you will study:

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Site Engineering for Construction
  • Measurement Techniques in Construction



Entry Requirements

4 x GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and maths or completion of a level 2 course.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a programme of coursework.

What can I do next?

Following successful completion of this course, you could progress to university and study a degree-level construction course. Alternatively, you could seek employment in the construction industry at a level appropriate to your qualification.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Project Manager

Project managers plan and organise resources and people to make sure projects finish on time, stay within budget and meet the requirements of the business. They work in all industries from construction to IT.

If you are good at juggling several tasks at the same time, have excellent 'people' skills and can lead a team, this may be the career for you.

To get into this job, you'll need some experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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Civil Engineering Technician

In this job you would provide technical support to civil engineers on construction projects. If you have a flair for engineering and building, you could have a career as a civil engineering technician.

To start in this job, you should have good problem-solving skills. You will need to be able to understand engineering drawings and you'll need good IT skills.

A common route into this career is through an Apprenticeship scheme. You could also take a college course in construction or engineering to get some of the skills needed in the job.

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Civil Engineer

As a civil engineer you would plan, design and manage a variety of construction projects. You could work on everything from bridges and tall buildings to transport links and sports stadia.

If you are interested in designing and building things then this job could be ideal for you.

To become a civil engineer you will need excellent maths and IT skills. You'll also need to be able to explain design ideas clearly and be well organised.

Before you start in this job you would normally need to complete a degree or postgraduate master's degree in civil engineering.

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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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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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Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them. They also work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings. They manage the construction process, control budgets and deal with planning issues.

If you are well organised, creative and interested in buildings and construction, this could be the perfect job for you.

You will also need good computer aided design skills and the ability to work closely with other construction professionals.

To be an architect you will have to complete a five-year university course and complete at least two years’ professional experience.

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Architectural Technician Or Technologist

Architectural technicians and technologists use their skills in science and engineering to help bring architects' construction ideas to life.  They work on design plans, advise on the best use of building materials and monitor progress of projects.

To do this job, you'll need a combination of computer aided design skills and creative ideas. You'll also need to be well organised, good at solving problems and able to work well in a team.

You can start your career by studying for a higher education qualification at university or by following a work-based route. You then complete a professional training stage to fully qualify.?

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Demolition Operative

Demolition operatives demolish and dismantle old and derelict structures and buildings. They also remove hazardous materials like asbestos, and carry out salvage and recycling operations.

If you have a head for heights, good practical skills and would like a job taking down buildings safely, this could be ideal for you.

You will need to be physically fit and able to work in a team. Some experience in construction, for example labouring or plant operation, will give you an advantage. A good general education will also be helpful. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.

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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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