Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

The study programme starts in September and runs for 2 years. Classes take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 0900 – 1700pm.

Entry requirements

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


  • Level 2 Construction and Built Environment


  • Level 2 in a Construction related occupation/trade


You will achieve

Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (equivalent to 3 A Levels).

Course overview

 “Barnsley College was my first stepping stone which has helped me get to where I am today”.

Chris James, Barnsley College Student Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 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.




Course content

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


You can view the course specifications by clicking on the link below;

Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 course specifications


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.

You will require a scientific calculator and general stationery.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre
Old Mill Lane
S70 2LA

Higher Education programmes 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.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Full-time

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