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Architecture, Surveying & The Built Environment BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

If you've set your sights on an exciting career in architecture and surveying, this comprehensive course is definitely for you. The course includes live design case studies to give you practical experience of various career paths and will prepare you for higher level study in the field of construction.

Your studying will be based in and around our purpose-built, multi-million pound Future Technologies Centre. This modern environment offers the latest theoretical and practical learning facilities and houses the majority of our trade and technical courses.

Course content

This course consists of 18 units related to the construction industry. It gives you an in-depth insight into all aspects of industry such as surveying, drawing, computer drawing, design processes, planning processes, construction technology and the science of building materials. Areas covered include health and safety, construction and the environment, mathematics in construction, science and materials, construction technology, land and building surveying, control of resources, tendering, graphical detailing, environmental science, building regulations, design procedures, building services and ICT/CAD.

You will study health, safety and welfare, in particular the applicable law and the risk assessment process, construction science and materials where you will learn about the different materials in use and their properties as well as looking at how buildings behave under load. You will also study construction and the environment, here you will learn about the environmental aspects of construction such as sustainability, green building and environmental impact, land surveying. In this module you will learn how to measure and draw an existing building, how to take levels and measure angles as well as learning how to set out a small building. 

In construction technology and design you will study the design process and those responsible for achieving the design with budget and legal constraints, and how technology affects the design process, in graphical detailing, you will learn to draw using traditional methods such as drawing board and set squares. This leads onto drawing with CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). You will study Mathematics in construction and this will relate maths to real construction situations a good understanding of algebra and transposition of formulae is required. You will also study building technology, as part of this module. You will study forms of construction, sub structures, superstructures and the constraints imposed on the industry by legislation. Planning and control of resources looks at how labour, plant and materials are procured, managed and controlled, and has responsibility for correct planning. You will also look at planning methods such as Gantt (bar) charts and other methods such as the critical path. In the measuring and tendering module you will look at how work is measured and costed, the basics of estimating, and the calculation of labour, material and plant rates and how these are controlled. 

The building surveying unit looks at various types of building survey such as condition surveys, building surveys and dilapidation's and you will be required to inspect properties and write up the reports to a good standard. In the ICT and CAD module you will learn how to manage and control web based communication, manage data files, produce spread sheets and to word process work. You will also produce some two dimensional and three dimensional CAD drawings. You will study structural mechanics in construction; this will relate to real construction situations which help to reinforce the application of how building components interact within a structure and insure structural stability. An understanding of algebra and transposition of formulae is required, as part of this module, you will study forms of construction, sub structures, superstructures and the constraints imposed on the industry by legislation.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent, in Maths, English and Science.


Each unit is assessed using a series of assignments, which produce a portfolio of work for grading at the end of the year. Each unit is graded with a Pass, Merit or a Distinction. There are no examinations for this course, but portfolio work is expected to be to of a high standard. Many of the assignments are word processed reports, but some are practically based where photos of your work will be required. There will be help available for those who struggle with English or IT.

Financial information

Q. Are there any costs for this course?
A. Students are asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms. There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost.

Future opportunities

When you successfully complete this study programme, you will be able to progress to our Higher National Certificate in Construction, an advanced apprenticeship or a foundation degree here at Petroc. Many of our students also progress to university to study for a degree or go out into the workplace and study part time.

Financial support may be available for any additional costs. Please enquire.

Further information

Q. Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A. Safety clothing including boots and overalls need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbooks, a full equipment list will be provided at interview.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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