Level 3 - Civil Engineering


The construction industry is the branch of the industry dealing with building, maintaining, and repairing structures, such as buildings, roads, railways, etc.  This course will equip you with an understanding of how structures are designed, built, and maintained. 

This study programme is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and will develop your skills and knowledge in a wide range of Civils and Construction pathways that will prepare you for further study and an exciting career in the built environment.  

Subject to validation in 2022

Delivery & Assessment

This course is a combination of theory and practice delivered in our state-of-the-art facilities leading to a nationally recognised qualification.  

  • Assignment / Coursework
  • Internal/External examination
  • Assessed practical
  • Compulsory work experience
  • Optional work experience
  • Tutorials

Course Content

You will complete a broad range of units including: 

  • Construction Principles 
  • Construction Design 
  • Tendering and Estimating 
  • Construction Technology 
  • Health and Safety in Construction 
  • Surveying in Construction 
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction 

Study Programmes

This course is a study programme which consists of:

    • A vocational qualification
    • Work experience
    • Tutorials
    • English and Maths


The course is assessed through a combination of exams, coursework and simulated work problems

  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction 
  • Management of a Construction Project 
  • Measuring Techniques in Construction 
  • Building Information Modelling 
  • Construction in Civil Engineering
  • Further Maths 
  • Site Engineering for Construction
  • Work Experience in the Construction Sector 

Who is this course aimed at?

For those who are new to the rail industry and 16 years or over, this 2-year course gives you a broad introduction to and foundation knowledge of civils, construction and the built environment.

Qualification type

BTEC Extended Diploma (Level 3)


2 years, 3 days a week (Tuesday-Thursday)


Birmingham campus only

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and 1 Science
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering - Merit

Entry age 

Minimum: 16
Maximum: None subject to funding

Progression opportunities

After completing the programme, this qualification will be equivalent to three A-Levels, which enables you to study Civil Engineering, Construction, or a related subject at degree level. 

After completion of this course, you can progress directly to a Level 4 apprenticeship or employment as a civil engineering technician or trainee site engineer or progress to higher education to study for an engineering degree.