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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering

  • Fee
    16-18 No cost / 19+  £3,345*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time (16-18s); Part-time (Adults)
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

There are eighteen units to complete which include:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Mathematics 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
  • Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Construction in Civil Engineering Optional units:
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Structural Mechanics in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • CAD & design for Construction
  • Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Project in Construction and the Built Environment
  • and further optional units

Outline of skills and knowledge

You will develop the ability to solve construction related analytical problems across a range of Civil Engineering topics. You will also learn how to review and evaluate technical documentation.

Please Note

Extended Diplomas are delivered as two one year programmes:

Year 1 - Subsidiary Diploma

Year 2 - Diploma/Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Subsidiary programme prior to being considered appropriate for a year 2 qualification.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Civil Engineering are designed to provide a broad introduction to working in the sector and offer opportunities for accessing further study, such as a BTEC Higher National qualification or access to University, or for employment.

How will I learn?

The majority of the timetable is spent in conventional classrooms where you will be taught by qualified Civil Engineering staff.  

How will I be assessed?

Most assessment is carried out using college devised assignments and projects. Some units, including Mathematics, have open-book timed tests. 

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc

You can expect to be working on at least one assignment or project at all times during the course. 

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You need to have an interest in Construction/Engineering and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including Mathematics, English, and Science/Technology. A grade B or above is preferred in Mathematics.  

Expected prior knowledge

No subject related prior knowledge is required.

English level

A minimum GCSE grade C or other equivalent qualification is needed. 

Mathematics level

A minimum GCSE grade B is preferred.

Equipment and other costs

There are no costs. 

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* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.