Course overview

Construction, Management and Built Environment BTEC Level 3 City of Bristol College

This two-year, full-time programme of study is for those who want to step into a career in the amazing world of Construction, so that you can take part in shaping our future. 

The course a combination of mandatory and optional units. Giving you both key knowledge, and the opportunity to explore and express some of your own particular interests. Throughout this BTEC Extended Diploma, we place a clear emphasis on understanding and using sustainable materials and methods. 

You’ll be based in our brand new, state-of-the-art Advanced Construction Skills Centre in Hengrove, South Bristol. You’ll also get plenty of opportunities for work experience and industry placements. We work with numerous employers in the sector – large and small – who are keen to source and support the next generation of talent.

If you’re aged 18+ and this will be your first Level 3 course, it could be free for you under the government’s National Skills Fund (NSF) scheme. Get in touch to find out more.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for 16-18-year-olds who are keen to learn, or develop their knowledge and skills in order to start a career in professional construction.

What you'll learn

Equivalent to 3 A-levels, you’ll explore widely across the world of Construction including: Principles of Design, Technologies, Project Management, Surveying, Building Services, Health and Safety, Tendering, Modelling, Quality Control and more.

Wherever you are, you’re in a constructed environment. Much of the world around you is the product of Construction. And Construction is a fast expanding sector.
Many of the great challenges of life are at least in part Construction challenges 

  • how and where we live sustainably
  • how and where we work
  • how and where we travel
  • how and what we produce


Course entry requirements

You will need 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English, Maths and a Science. You will also need a good record of attendance and commitment at school or college.
Construction projects are nearly always team projects, so you’ll need to be a team-player, keen to learn new skills and be willing to share and communicate your ideas and expertise.

Career opportunities in the Construction sector are international, so a modern foreign language could be useful too, but it’s not essential at this stage.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This is a full-time course. Alongside your College tutorials, you will be required to take part in work experience and self-directed study.
You will be assessed in a number of different ways and received regular feedback in reviews to guide your progress. Some of the ways in which your success will be measured are via attendance, online exams, practical assessments and a portfolio of your work.

Future career and study opportunities

This course is a great stepping stone either onto Higher Education, including Higher Apprenticeships, or directly onto professional roles across the Construction sector.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

You will need your own protective footwear for practical sessions, and will need to buy a workwear uniform. You may also need a high visibility vest, protective goggles and gloves for some tasks. We offer some equipment which is free for you to use in College.

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