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Construction and the Built Environment Foundation Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

September 2024 36 weeks (3 days a week)

Entry requirements

This course is for 16-18 year olds.

Maths and English at grade 3 or above plus pre-admission assessments. Admission considered on 1-2-1 basis depending on entry grades.

You will achieve

Foundation National Technical Grade Level 2

Course overview

This course prepares you for employment and higher-level study 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 work in the professional area of construction as an Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Building Surveyor, Project Manager, Site Manager, Civil Engineer, Property Developer, Housing Manager, Facilities Manager, etc. Or if you want to work in the technical areas such as CAD, design, surveying, highways, housing, contracting etc.

The course has been designed to progress and suitably prepare you to study a T-Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning after one year.

Course content

All students are to develop the knowledge and skills to be able to demonstrate the
following three outcomes, by the end of the programme:

Outcome 1 – Develop ideas that meet planning requirements for sustainable construction projects

This outcome focuses on the requirements for the approval of a sustainable
construction project. It provides an opportunity to focus on sustainability – a concept of significant importance to construction projects nationally and of interest to young people. The knowledge content of this outcome provides the bigger picture and an understanding of how projects meet local needs and regulations, relevant to whether a plumber is installing a system, a carpenter adapting the roof to support an extension or a surveyor inspecting the environment. It is based on knowledge in the core content of all three Construction and the built environment T Levels and enables providers to identify employers locally that are engaged in these types of projects.

Outcome 2 – Design sustainable construction projects

The outcome provides a purposeful context for the introduction of fundamental technical knowledge relating to building technology and science. This has been intentionally limited to a small number of fundamental concepts, for students to master these in preparation for the concepts they will learn on the T Level. It is acknowledged that students may need to be introduced to a range of contexts for the breadth of content to be learned in ways that are relevant and not contrived. The outcome also provides an opportunity to develop technical computer-aided design (CAD) skills as these are closely aligned to design principles and provide an opportunity for practical application of learning.

Outcome 3 – Produce sustainable construction project outputs

This outcome continues the theme of sustainability to reinforce its importance to construction projects, but the key focus is on technical, practical, hands-on construction skills and their application to create an output that would contribute to a sustainable construction project.


The assessments will be through a series of reports, practical and some internal examinations 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.

Graduation boundaries on completion will be Pass, Merit and Distinction.

You will require a scientific calculator and general stationery. A concise list will be provided at interview.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

Students usually go onto study a T-Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning. Providing students meet the entry requirements of five GCSE’s at grade 4 and above. You will have the opportunity to gain/resit a Grade 4 Maths and English whilst studying on the CBE foundation year.

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Construction and the Built Environment Foundation Level 2 Full-time

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