Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 4th September 2017
End date: 4th September 2017
Information Event: Y
Successful students automatically progress to the second year of the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.
The main modules of study are:
- Construction Technology and Design
- Sustainable Construction
- ICT and Computer Aided Design
- Surveying in Construction
- Design Procedures
- Building Technology
- Graphical Detailing
- Building Surveying
- 3D Modelling
- Health, Safety and Welfare
- Architectural Spatial Design
If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.
This course is very practically orientated and students will develop their knowledge and professional skills through work realistic projects and practical sessions.
Field trips and Design Studio Workshop are major components of the course. A Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma is an excellent alternative to A-levels for those students who wish to pursue a career in the Built Environment professions.
Assessment is continuous and based on work realistic projects. Typical projects include the design of architecture concepts, development proposals and feasibility studies for a variety of developments. Computer technology is integrated throughout the course e.g. Computer Aided Design and 3D Modelling.
This course is an ideal route for those young people who wish to progress to Honours Degree at University or Foundation Degress in Building Technology in:
- Architectural Technology
- Building Surveying
- Quantity Surveying
- Estate Management
- Housing and Property Management
- Building Studies
- Construction Management
- Town and Regional Planning
- Environmental Management
Over 95% of students progress to higher level courses. The course is highly regarded as an entrance qualification by both Universities in Northern Ireland and also those in Scotland and England where many past students have been very successful and are now pursuing professional careers.
Students can continue their studies at the College on the University of Ulster validated Foundation Degree in Building Technology and Management at the Coleraine or Ballymena Campus or go directly into employment.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction
Arlene completed the L3 Extended BTEC Diploma in Construction at Northern Regional College, Coleraine Campus in June, having completed her G.C.S.E’s at Ballycastle High School.
Arlene displayed an extremely high level of ability and commitment to her studies achieving the highest possible overall final grade of D*D*D*.
Arlene also received the NRC Irish Society award for outstanding performance on her course.
As a result of Arlene’s hard work and excellent results she was accepted into the University of Ulster to study for an Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.
Arlene intended to become a chartered Quantity Surveyor
"In my time at Ballycastle high school I done a construction subject for one of my GCSE subjects and also for another one of my GSCE subjects I completed a BTEC subject for Countryside and Environment. Just by these two particular subjects I knew what I wanted to do, so I looked at further educational colleges because I wanted to find the combination of these two subjects in a BTEC format. ......
I found the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Building at Coleraine Campus, enrolled on the course and after two years of studying this course I completed with a triple grade award of Distinction* (D* D* D*) which is the highest achievable grade for this course.
What I liked about my course at NRC was that it was based on realistic practical assignments such as a house design using CAD...
I was being taught by professionals that were in the industry therefore they know what goes on. Also getting feedback about my coursework and how I performed in each individual module helped greatly.
After my studies at NRC, I decided to go to University of Ulster in Jordanstown with the ability of obtaining my degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. I am currently finding university very interesting as it interlinks with the BTEC course. If someone was to ask me for advice after their GCSE’s I would definitely tell them about how I achieved my high grades at NRC as it gives more knowledge and understanding of the real life in the industry....."