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Construction - Level 3 Study Programme - Construction Technical at Wakefield College

Course description

This qualification will develop your technical knowledge of the built environment sector. 

It aims to give you an insight into how the buildings, infrastructure and landscape around us come into existence, and would like to find out more, this qualification covers all aspects of the creation of our towns and cities, and is fundamental to creating a sustainable future. 

Technical posts in the Construction sector include those of Architects; Building Surveyors; Quantity Surveyors and Construction Managers.

As a technician within the Construction sector you can expect to earn up to £15000 per annum, and with fully qualified professional status have the potential to earn up to £70000,depending on the field.

Course content

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:

Entry requirements

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


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

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost. Different fees apply to international students. 

Future opportunities

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.
Progression to direct employment in the sector could be as
trainee site engineer
trainee construction project technician
trainee technician estimator/buyer/planner
trainee construction design technician.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 May 2018
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.