Built Environment

Construction and the Built Environment - Level 3

Start Date: 3rd September 2018
Course Code: C01023 FLF1A
QCF/NDAQ: 500/7139/7

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Farm Lodge)


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 3rd September 2018
End date: 7th June 2019
Information Event: Y

Successful students automatically progress to the second year of the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Course Content

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
  • Planning Procedures
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Building Regulations

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.

Course Aims

This course is very practically orientated and students will develop their knowledge and professional skills through work realistic projects and practical sessions.

Special Features

Field trips and Study tours 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 Methods

Assessment is continuous and based on work realistic projects. Typical projects include the design of a luxury bungalow and the development proposals and designs for a variety of developments. Computer technology is integrated throughout the course e.g. Computer Aided Design.

Applicants should have 4 GCSEs at Grades C or above or other relevant qualifications such as a Level 2 BTEC Diploma or similar qualification. It is desirable that this includes a grade C or above in both GCSE Mathematics & English.
In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

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:

  • Architecture
  • 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.

As an alternative to going to University students can progress to Ulster University validated Foundation Degree in Building Technology and Management at either the Coleraine or Farm Lodge Campus.

Ballymena (Farm Lodge)
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This course is also available in other NRC campuses:

Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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