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Construction BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

Eighteen units are required to achieve the Extended Diploma in Construction. There are 6 core units and twelve specialist units that must be taken. The 6 core units are:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Construction Technology Design
  • Science and Materials in Construction
  • Mathematics in Construction
  • Building Technology in Construction.

The specialist units that must be taken are:

  • Project Management in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Economics and Finance
  • Design Procedures
  • ICT and CAD
  • Further Mathematics
  • Surveying Technology
  • Building Surveying
  • Property Law
  • Setting Out Processes
  • Planning Procedures in Construction.

In addition to acquiring basic skills and underpinning knowledge, students will have the opportunity to achieve a range of Functional Skills and CAD techniques whilst on the course.

Entry requirements

This qualification prepares 16-19 year old learners for employment in the sector including Architecture, Surveying, Construction and Town Planning, learners should have an interest in cross activities of the construction industry. Some adult learners may wish to make the commitment required by this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or progress into higher education. For learners who have recently been in education the entry requirements are likely to include one of the following: A BTEC First qualification in Construction or a related vocational area, an Intermediate GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area, a GCSE equivalent to five passes at grade C, including Maths (Higher Tier), English and Science. More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/or un-paid employment in the construction industry.

The course provides a specialist work related programme of study covering key knowledge and skills required in the sector. It is broadly equivalent to 3 A levels in preparation for employment in the construction industry and progression onto the HNC in Construction or Civil Engineering. The qualification offers an engaging programme for all students over 16 In association this qualification is designed to facilitate learners who are clear about their employment choice, and wish to embark on a career in the construction industry. It also provides a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into the Construction Industry following a career break.


A variety of assessment methods are used on the course such as case studies, assignments, presentations, work-based assessments together with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto our HNC in Construction or Civil Engineering or you may wish to further your career development within the industry.

Further information

The course is Full Time for a duration of Two Years. Attendance: 2.5 days per week for 35 weeks each year between September and June. Fees: Fees to cover tuition, materials and the Edexcel registration are reviewed annually and published separately. There are no tuition fees for students under 19 years of age on 31 August in the calendar year when they start the programme of study. Equipment:Drawing equipment for A3 size drawings and basic stationery, including a lever arch file for collection of notes and coursework. For site visits a pair of safety boots is advised. Hard hats and reflective safety clothing is provided for student use. Progression:This qualification provides access, subject to appropriate grades onto HNC and Degree level courses in Construction/Civil Engineering/Surveying/Architecture and Planning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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