Advanced Tech - Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

This Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction is a 2 year course and is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10950
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Construction Studies

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Course Overview

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Construction is a great starting point for someone wanting to become a professional within the Construction Industry.  

This 2 year course is designed to reflect the working methods of the construction industry. 

Below are a list of the units covered in this programme. 

Mandatory Units include:

  • Construction Principles (External Assessment)
  • Construction Design (External Assessment)
  • Tendering and Estimating (External Assessment)
  • Construction Technology
  • Health & Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Building Regulations and control in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project

Plus a further 6 optional units (Optional units are subject to change dependant on industrial need)

You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English, Maths or ICT. 

You would like a career within the Construction Engineering sector for example Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying etc.

Surveying skills, Design skills and CAD skills throughout this programme.

That this course can help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing your skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

The course is delivered by industry professionals.

Industry relevant software and equipment is used for the delivery of the programme including Adobe Photoshop, Trimble Sketch Up Pro, Autodesk AutoCAD and REVIT (BIM).

Additional enrichment included site visits, guest speakers, work placement opportunities, practical activities and CSR Training.

Progression routes if you successfully complete this course, can lead to:

  • Higher Education e.g. HNC/HND or Degree.
  • Other FE Programmes
  • Employment 

All applications are subject to interview and should satisfy the general entry requirements as indicated below:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English (or equivalent);
  • or Level 2 Diploma: or relevant industrial experience;
  • or another qualification deemed to be appropriate by the tutor      


There are 3 externally assessed units and 12 internally assessed units. Students are assessed using a range of different assessment methods.

These include coursework, industry-based projects, laboratory sessions and reports, portfolios, written reports and oral presentations.

These all allow the student to demonstrate understanding of the subject areas. 

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Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

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