Level 3 Diploma Construction/Civil Engineering

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
19-23 - Free or £5421 per year
24+ - £5421


This course will benefit those entering the technician function of the construction or civil engineering industry, from either a craft background or with no previous construction experience.

You will study areas such as sustainable construction, construction technology and design, surveying processes, civil engineering technology, CAD, and highways construction and maintenance.
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Our construction workshops have industry standard site surveying and testing equipment, and three new CAD suites.

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Year 1 Units
  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Construction Technology and Design
  • Surveying Processes
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Science and Materials

Year 2 Units
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • CAD D
  • Mathematics in Construction & Civil Engineering
  • Setting Out Processes
  • Highways Construction & Maintenance
  • Employment Framework


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

Throughout the duration of the course you will undertake two types of assessment. Formative assessment will consist of work set during the course, normally two assignments or phase tests per unit. These will be internally set and marked by your course tutors. Summative assessments are in the form of written end assessments for each unit, again these are internally set and marked by your course tutor.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

You could progress to HNC Construction and the Built Environment or HNC Civil Engineering.

Meet our students


James Gibbons

Construction student James came to New College Durham to gain the qualifications he needed for university. 

Jessica Haslam CS

Jessica Haslam

Jessica worked with EC Harris as part of her employment engagement initiative during her time as a Level 3 student. 


James Wigham

James excelled in his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and has now progressed to our HNC programme in Construction to build his skills and knowledge.

What else?

The course is part-time, which enables you to study on a day-release basis.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Entry Criteria

To be discussed at an interview with the course leader. However is is expected you will have 4 GCSE's at Grade A* to C in Mathematics, English Literature and Science.