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Built Environment at Greater Peterborough UTC

Course description

The Built Environment course at the GPUTC is for those that are interested in construction, architecture, design or surveying. Our Built Environment course allows you to work with your head and hands allowing you to combine practical skills with A Levels. As part of the Built Environment course at the Greater Peterborough UTC we integrate real life work experience into the 2 year programme with some of our fantastic sponsors and industry partners.

An example week at the Greater Peterborough UTC:

• You may be out with our sponsors and partners (Anglian Water, Larkfleet Group, Marshall Aerospace, Perkins) working on real life work projects at their workplace for a day per week.

• Spending 1/2 days back at school in the week in the Built Environment workshops putting into practise the skills that you learnt out at the workplace

• Spending the other day of the week on your chosen A Levels

Each week will be different and offer something new to you as we believe in variety and mixing things up. We believe our students should get real life work experience with the best in the industry so that you leave us as well rounded individuals. If you enjoy working with your head and hands and would like to undertake a specialist Built Environment qualification alongside A Levels, then this course is for you.

Please see below the list of A Levels that we offer at the Greater Peterborough UTC:

  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Business Studies
  • Product Design
  • Geography
  • Art and Design

Course content

Our school will be your bridge to work or university by providing a mixture of academic qualifications up to GSCE and A Level, plus a set of technical ones too.

Studying the Built Environment will give you an insight into the worlds of architecture, building, surveying and design to name just a few. With renewable energy sources being a priority for future governments, this sector will continue to grow. Re-using waste in construction is one growing area of sustainable engineering, alongside incorporating technologies like rainwater harvesting and solar panels.

If construction, design, architecture or surveying appeals to you then our specialism, the built environment is just the route for you. The built environment course includes modules on:

  • Architectural design and planning
  • Graphical communication
  • Sustainability and new technologies
  • Industrial and commercial construction technology

By combining GCSEs or A Levels with technical qualifications and strong employability skills, built environment graduates from the GPUTC will stand out as the first choice for jobs, apprenticeships and higher education.

Example job roles – EMSI 2014

Role and average earnings 

Quantity Surveyor - £34,218

Design and Development Engineer - £32,210

Architect - £27,891

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSE's at A-C including Maths. If you do not pass GCSE English there will be an opportunity to retake this with us. 


Assessment at the GPUTC is mixed through practical coursework, written coursework and exams.

Financial information

There are no tuition fees at the GPUTC.

Future opportunities

Following you passing the course, you will be offered a guaranteed job interview with one of our employer sponsors. Alternatively you can apply to University to pursue further education or apply for a job role.

Example job roles – EMSI 2014

Role and average earnings 

Quantity Surveyor - £34,218

Design and Development Engineer - £32,210

Architect - £27,891

Further information

Come and join us at our next open day on Thursday 20th Oct from 6pm- 8pm to see our £12 million state-of-the-art facility, the next generation technologies we have on show and an opportunity to speak to our staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greater Peterborough UTC directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: BE
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    • The Greater Peterborough UTC is a brand new £12 million state-of-the-art facility specialising in Engineering, and the Built Environment (architecture, construction, design etc..) whilst also teaching GCSEs and A Levels. We offer our students an opportunity to study with their head and hands whilst giving them industry experience through our employer sponsors and partners such as Anglian Water, Larkfleet Group, Marshall Aerospace and Perkins. We also offer our students a guaranteed job intervew with our employer sponsors.