Level 3 Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

This is a one year full-time course and is equivalent to one GCE A level. The extended certificate is designed for those who would like to pursue a career in the technical and professional areas of the construction industry for example; Architectural design, Building maintenance & surveying, Quantity surveying, Site Management and Civil engineering.

You will be introduced to the employment opportunities available in the construction industry, enabling you to choose your preferred area of work, and if already in employment, to progress to a more responsible job or prominent position within your chosen field.

What Will I Learn?

The Extented Certificate consists of four modules.

You will gain an understanding of the underlying principles and practice of design and construction for low and medium rise buildings and structures.

The additional two subjects could include the following: Construction Technology, Building Technology, Surveying in Construction.

In addition you will examine the construction methods used in the construction of new buildings and their associated external works. Emphasis is placed on you gaining employability skills: such as research skills, team work, presentation skills which play an important part of the course.

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English/Welsh and Maths/Numeracy or successful completion of a Level 2 in Construction together with GCSE Maths/Numeracy A*-C.


Learners will complete a range of practical tasks, written assignments and examinations. Each module is graded with an overall Pass, Merit or Distinction.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.


Purchase of steel toe capped boots, overalls and a course text book is required for this course. Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied.

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Career Progression

  • Learners will have a choice of progression routes: • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Top-up) • Foundation degree or HNC in Sustainable Construction and Surveying

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Production manager or director in construction

    Average salary: £36,524

  • Construction or building trade n.e.c.

    Average salary: £22,757

  • Plasterer

    Average salary: £17,297

  • Floorer or wall tiler

    Average salary: £19,988

  • Painter or decorator

    Average salary: £19,871

  • Construction or building trades supervisor

    Average salary: £27,924


Production managers and directors in construction direct and co-ordinate resources for the construction and maintenance of civil and structural engineering works including houses, flats, factories, roads and runways, bridges, tunnels and railway works, harbour, dock and marine works and water supply, drainage and sewage works.

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-set entry standards. Entry is possible with either a degree or equivalent qualification and/or relevant experience, via apprenticeships or S/NVQs in Management at levels 3 to 5. On-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available.


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