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Construction & Built Environment, Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Full Time


All types of construction whether that be office blocks, domestic housing, bridges, roads or railways need to be designed, planned and the building process managed. If you are interested in a career in architecture, civil engineering, construction management, building surveying or the more technical side of construction this course offers a vocational alternative to A-levels.

The course combines classroom based learning, practical activities and engagement with employers to give you an insight into the various roles within the industry as well as providing worthwhile relevant work experience. Employers such as Kier, LSI Architects, Morgan Sindall and Ingleton Wood are involved by providing professional experience and site visits.

Many of our previous students have gone onto to secure employment with the employers they meet on the course. To take your classroom learning out onto site, City College Norwich was the first further education college to become involved in Constructionarium. This week long residential provides a hands-on construction experience for students; where they construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world. To widen your knowledge and experience of the industry we have a regular trips abroad to look at architecture, planning and galleries. In previous years we have visited Berlin, Barcelona and Paris.
You will study a range of units which may include topographic Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering - carry out land surveys using appropriate equipment to produce accurate drawings.

Why Our College?

Specialist workshops

All construction and building services students learn in our specialist workshops using the latest tech and equipment.

Expert teaching staff

Our teaching staff are industry experts with real life experience working within their sector

Real work experience

You'll gain hands-on experience working with local and national employers

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at A* - C (including Science and Maths from the higher paper at grade 4 or above).


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework activities, practical work assignments and case studies. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification will be awarded.


On successful completion of this course with a good attendance and behaviour record and reference from the course leader students can progress onto Construction Built Environment Level 3 extended diploma, where in 2015 all of the students successfully completing the two year course progressed onto higher education, either full time at university or combined with employment. City College Norwich offers a number of degree programmes including HND Civil Engineering HNC/D Construction and the Built Environment.

Career Progression

This course will allow you to progress onto many careers which include Architect, Building Surveyor, Construction Manager, Civil Engineer, Quantity Surveyor or any other professional/technician career. Some of these careers will require further study at degree level
In the East of England, the construction industry is predicted to grow by 14% over the next five years which is above the national average, this suggests there will be good job opportunities in the future. For further information on these careers please check the National Careers Service.


For UK students aged under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, your tuition fees are free. UK students aged 19 years or over on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, will need to pay tuition fees as well as any equipment, uniform and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. There will be additional costs of £25 for equipment plus trip costs. You will also need to buy safety boots, approximately £10.50. Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances. Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.