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Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Extended Diploma at Blackburn College

Course description

This qualification is equivalent to 4.5 A Levels. In addition to the BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment, Technical Baccalaureate students will also study AS Applied level maths and be asked to complete an extended project.

Employers are increasingly looking for employees with a blend of theoretical and practical skills, and universities too are offering more vocationally oriented programmes for which a Tech Bacc with an applied qualification at its heart could prove a fantastic preparation.

This enhanced academic qualification will give young people aspiring to a technical and vocational career a first-class alternative to the more traditional A level route, ensuring they have the technical ability employers want, and giving industry the skilled workforce it needs to compete in the global race.

Course content

Learners will study 18 units over 2 years. In the first year learners will study general units to give a broader understanding of the construction sector, such as:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Construction Technology and design in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Building technology in Construction

There will be plenty of visits to Construction Sites within the region, and you may have the chance to gain valuable work experience.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s A*-C including Maths and English.  Maths must be A-A*.


AS Applied Maths is examined. 100% coursework assessment on the core units and the extended project. During the course learners are set assignments that will be graded and an overall grade for the qualification awarded. Learners are encouraged to use e-learning to support and extend their learning in their private study time

Future opportunities

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. Particular courses students progress on to include: Construction and the Built Environment HNC, Construction Sustainable Design BSc (Hons),Construction Project Management BSc (Hons) or Construction Building Surveying BSc (Hons). Typical career routes are Architecture, Building Management, Building Surveying, Site Surveying and Estate Management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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