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Construction and the Built Environment Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

The Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment gives you a chance to learn in different settings. You’ll learn how the built environment was designed and constructed, how it is used, and how it affects people and communities. But you’ll also be doing lots of practical activities such as getting involved in site visits and the planning and building of prestigious projects. You’ll then be able to apply everything you’ve learnt when working on your own projects. What will I learn? All levels of Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment focus on three main themes: Design the built environment: Learn how the built environment is designed and constructed, how it impacts on people and communities, and how history, politics and economics affect it. Create the built environment: Develop a range of skills and knowledge needed in different industries – for example, using tools and understanding modern construction methods and materials. Value and use the built environment: Analyse the need for good management and continuous maintenance, and understand the importance of good design, workmanship and teamwork. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) At the heart of the Diploma are your core construction and built environment subjects. These will teach you the main things you need to know about the sector. You’ll learn about the issues that are affecting the sector today, how it works and what skills you need to have to work within it. Activities you might do in your Principal Learning: Design the built environment You’ll learn about design considerations and architectural features associated with the built environment. You could, for example, develop a design for a typical modern building or structure. Create the built environment You’ll learn about the tools and practical techniques used in design and construction. You could, for example, build a half-brick wall using the ‘stretcher bond’ technique (the most common way of overlapping bricks) with a ‘bucket handle’ joint (a rounded joint finish). You’d also create a decorative feature using coloured bricks. Value and use the built environment You’ll learn the importance of managing built structures well. You could, for example, analyse how a company manages their facilities. Additional and/or specialist learning As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects. Functional skills in English, maths and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment, whether you decide to continue in the construction and built environment sector or not. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team-working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This is a great way to use the knowledge, understanding and skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. This could be a written piece of work, like a report or an investigation. Or it could be a practical piece of work, like designing a new structure where you use a range of materials and then produce a plan that enables others to build it.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

A Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment will give you the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a career in the sector. It could lead you to a university degree in construction management, building services engineering, housing practice, planning or architecture. Or it could help you begin a career as a building services contractor, construction worker, electrician, engineer, urban planner, property developer, estate agent, restorer of old buildings or architect. However, the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment doesn’t mean you have to opt for a career in this sector. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that will be welcomed by colleges, universities and employers, no matter what you choose to do.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years