Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma Level 3 (FCBE)

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC101
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


You will study at our purpose built Construction Centre on the Honeywell Campus. The Centre opened in 2015 and accommodates students studying a range of construction trades, including brickwork, plumbing, plastering, joinery, painting and decorating.

  • The Centre, also known as The CUBE, houses innovative and inspiring work areas with industry-led equipment, providing a high quality learning experience for students. Facilities include:
  • Workshops
  • CAD suite with Architectural software (CAD and BIM)
  • A project workshop for new construction technologies
  • Break-out areas allowing students to work independently

This qualification prepares you for employment and higher education in the construction sector and is suitable for you if you are interested in pursuing a professional or technical career in the construction industry.

This course may suit you if you want to be:

Professional: Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Building Surveyor, Project Manager, Site Manager, Civil Engineer, Property Developer, Housing Manager, Facilities Manager, etc.

Technician: CAD operator, design, surveying, highways, housing, contractor, etc.


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment consists of 18 units and is equivalent to three A levels. There are six mandatory units which provide a comprehensive introduction to Construction and the Built Environment. There are another 12 optional units which look into specialist areas within construction. You must complete all the units to get a qualification.

The 6 mandatory units are:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Maths in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Building Technology in Construction

Some of the optional units are:

  • Project Management in Construction
  • Measurement, Tendering and Estimating
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Regulations and Control
  • Computer Aided Design for Construction
  • Conversion and Adaptations of Buildings

How will it be delivered?

The assessment will be through a series of assignments and projects that will enable you to provide evidence of meeting the assessment criteria. You will learn by completing projects and assignments which are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

To achieve a pass grade for the unit, learners must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specification. Additional assessment criteria are required to achieve Merit and Distinction grades.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grades grade 4 – 9 including English and Maths 

Or Level 2 Construction and Built Environment


Level 2 in a Construction related occupation/trade

Your next steps...

Higher Education progragrammes in Construction at Barnsley College.

Once you have completed this course, it gives you access to Higher Education to study the HNC/HND in Construction, degree apprenticeship, or a specialist degree at University such as Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying. Alternatively, you could seek employment.