Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Part-time

In Brief

Start Date /

The study programme starts September 2021. Dates and times to be confirmed

Entry requirements

  • You will need 5 GCSEs at grades A* – C (grade 4 – 9) including English and Maths.
  • Appropriate knowledge and/or experience gained at work or from other related qualifications
  • Level 3 in a Construction related occupation/trade
  • You will need to be aged 19+

You will achieve

Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment Level 3

Course overview

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (QCF) (360 GLH) is primarily a Technical Level qualification, equivalent in size to an A level, which has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum within a broader programme of study, which could include other vocational or academic qualifications. Its main purpose is to allow learners to develop the core specialist knowledge, understanding and skills, including mathematical techniques to solve construction problems, required by the sector. It provides a basis for progression into a broad range of roles within the sector when supported by relevant qualifications at level 2, such as GCSE English and mathematics, and/or at level 3, such as Business ,IT, Engineering and mathematics. Learners have some opportunity to study in more depth a range of option areas of their choice, including Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering.

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.

Course content

All students will study the following six mandatory units;

  • Health safety and welfare in CBE
  • Sustainable construction
  • Construction technology and design in construction and civil engineering
  • Science and materials in CBE
  • Mathematics in CBE
  • Building technology in construction

All the units are assessed through assignment work. This will include written reports, presentations, group work, and other methods.

You will need basic stationary and a scientific calculator.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

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?

The course fee is  £1750

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.



If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

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.

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 Subsidiary Diploma Part-time

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