5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (grade A*- C) preferably including both English & maths and science or a relevant BTEC Level 2 qualification at merit or above.
Learners having relevant work experience or specific aptitude shown through diagnostic tests or non-educational experience may also be considered.
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment is intended as a Tech Level qualification, equivalent in size to two A Levels. It is designed to meet two-thirds of a full-time curriculum. It allows learners to develop significant core knowledge and provides an extensive range of optional areas to allow more depth in areas of their choice. The qualification size allows it to be offered part-time or with other qualifications, including as a core component of the Tech Bac alongside the other mandatory components – Level 3 mathematics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Learners can also study this qualification while undertaking other formal training and work in the sector. No prior study of the sector is needed but learners should normally have a range of achievement at Level 2, in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, including English, mathematics and science.
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that it is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector. In addition, higher education representatives have been involved to ensure that it fully supports entry to the relevant range of specialist degrees. The qualification provides the essential knowledge, understanding and skills that will allow learners to progress directly to employment or an Apprenticeship in the construction sector. There are five mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of construction:
The programme uses a combination of traditional classroom teaching, open learning and research-based experiential learning, laboratory experiments and demonstrations, use of modern surveying equipment, industry standard IT applications and group activities, tutorial directed study and site visits.
To cover the required Guided Learning Hours (720 GLH) you will study 6 supervised hours per week to cover 6 hours theory, 1 hours practical activities and 0.5 hour tutorial. For a 2 years to cover the activities below:
Other 11.25 independent and unsupervised hours per week will be offered to contribute to the Total Learning (TL) hours as below.
BTEC Nationals are assessed using a combination of internal assessments, which are set and marked by teachers, and external assessments which are set and marked by Pearson:
There are many roles in this sector where recruitment is at graduate level. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to the admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.
This qualification will prepare learners for direct employment in the construction and built environment sector, and is ideal if they wish to enter a particular specialist area of work, such as:
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