Construction Professional & Technical Level 3

Start Date
Course Course
Construction & Building Trades
City Campus

About this Course

The Built Environment industry in the UK has long had an international reputation for excellence, innovation, creativity and inspiration in building, and it’s currently experiencing a surge of growth, offering huge career opportunities for today’s young people. It’s the UK’s largest industry, employs over 2 million people, accounts for around 10 per cent of the workforce, and will grow by 70 per cent over the next decade. It’s estimated that the industry will need almost 50,000 more employees over the next four years, so the job prospects in this sector are very promising.

Key Units

A BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction is a practical, work related course which is accepted by the construction industry and professional institutions as the nationally recognised technician level qualification prior to HNC. You learn by assignments practical assessments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities.

It is a broad based course that enables you to develop a career in the civil engineering industry.

Learners will be able to choose one of two pathways: Construction and the Built Environment, and Civil Engineering.

The course has a mixture of mandatory and optional units based on industrial requirements and specific knowledge.

The course begins in early September. You will study 6 units per year. The course has a mixture of exam and assignment based units.

Year 1
  • Unit 1 Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Unit 2 Sustainable Construction
  • Unit 3 Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Unit 4 Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Unit 5 Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Unit 10 Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
Year 2

  • Unit 6 Building Technology in Construction
  • Unit 8 Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Unit 12 Setting Out Processes in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Unit 15 Building Surveying in Construction
  • Unit 17 Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Unit 18 Computer-Aided Drafting and Design for Construction

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade 9 (A*) –to grade 4 (C) (Maths, English & Science are essential and other GCSE result must be associated the relevant construction and design topics). 

Mature students with equivalent qualifications or technical experience gained whilst working in the industry, may be admitted at the discretion of the course team.


All units are assessed and graded to national criteria. Each unit is assignment based, there are no exams. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded. 

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are two main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of:

  • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Where does this Lead

Students who have completed a Diploma in Construction may progress to a BTEC HNC Diploma Course in Construction and then to Study a Degree in a Construction related course at an appropriate university.

Future Opportunities

The role of a Construction technician is very diverse. You could have a career in/as: 
  • Construction Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Real-Estate
  • Property Development
  • Urban and Rural Planning
  • Estate and Building and Consulting Services for all aspects of the Built Environment
A career within the Built Environment offers:
  • Diversity and variety - not only are there plenty of career choices, no two days are the same; you could be travelling overseas to another office or on a site meeting with a client
  • Innovation - the trend in digital working has heralded a wider shift in skill-sets, while a move towards sustainable operations is also helping to up-skill the workforce
  • Reputation and income - as a Chartered Surveyor, for example, your expertise is regarded in the same way as that of a doctor or lawyer
  • Job satisfaction - you could be helping someone buy their first home or working on a major construction venture such as the Eden Project or the Olympic Stadium
  • Life-long career - with the constant need for new infrastructure, construction and property professionals are always in demand

Tell Me More

Our tutors have strong links with employers in the region. There are currently a number of major construction and regeneration projects taking place in Sheffield and these links have allowed students to gain vital experience through site visits.

Extra Costs

Basic stationery equipment is required e.g.

  • A4 note pad and folder
  • scientific calculator
  • pens and drawing pencils
  • scale ruler
  • eraser
  • compass/stencils etc.

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