Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 4th September 2017
End date: 8th June 2018
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
- 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction
Ryan Young successfully completed his GCSE's at Cullybackey College and enrolled in Northern Regional College, Ballymena Campus, to study for a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction. During his two years of study he gained a very valuable insight into the Construction Industry. Upon completing the two years of study he successfully achieved a triple Distinction grade equivalent to three A* grades in A levels. Ryan was also the winner of the FP McManus Bursary award.
Ryan went directly from NRC to study Construction Engineering and Management at Ulster University, Jordanstown campus. This was a three year sandwich course incorporating a placement year where he worked for Building Control. He graduated in June 2014 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Construction Engineering and Management achieving a (1:1) classification also achieving the overall best student in his year group.
Ryan has been successful in obtaining a post with a leading Northern Ireland Construction and Civil Engineering company; Graham Construction. He is employed as a site engineer and has been involved in various projects.
James Stevenson and Aidan Bradley
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
James Stevenson and Aidan Bradley were among the first students to complete the new L3 Extended National Diploma in Construction at Farm Lodge. They both achieved distinction awards and are now studying in their first year of the Higher National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Farm Lodge. Aidan intends to pursue a career in Site Management. James is intending to progress to a degree in Architectural Technology on completion of his HND.