BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering


  • Adults, International Students, 16-18 (Full-time)


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. 

Equipment and other costs

There are no costs.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

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

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Civil Engineering

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

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 4-5 (C) including Mathematics, English, and Science/Technology. A grade 6  (B) or above is preferred in Mathematics.  

Expected prior knowledge

No subject related prior knowledge is required.

English level

A minimum GCSE grade 4-5 (C) or other equivalent qualification is needed. 

Mathematics level

A minimum GCSE grade 6 (B) is preferred.



Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2018. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit  or on a low income you maybe entitled to fee remission/concessionary rates.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund. 

For further information click here.


Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.