Level 3 National Foundation Diploma Construction and the Built Environment

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
Currently unavailable


Course details may be subject to change

This course will provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge to progress in the construction sector.


The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course made up of 15 units. 66% are manditory content and 33% external assessment.

This course will prepare you to progress to higher education courses in construction areas before entering employment. It can also support you if you want to progress directly to employment in job roles in construction or a professional construction role and Higher Apprenticeships in the construction sector.


  • Construction Principles
  • Design Principles
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety
  • Surveying
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Further Mathematics.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessement is completed over the two years with 20% externally assessed units and 80% internally set assessment.

External assessed:
  1. Construction Principles - 1.5 hour exam
  2. Design Principles - Supervised assessement over 12 hours in a two week period.

The rest of the units are Internally assessed via course work and assignments

Maths and English

Maths and English forms the foundations of the course. Throughout the course, you will apply the principles of maths within the science and mathematical based subjects. You will also continue to apply your knowledge and understanding of correct punctuation, grammar and structuring of sentences when writing assignments during assessment periods.

Industry links:

At New College Durham, we have strong links with local employers such as Kier, the ESH Group, Tolent and the local councils. We have many construction and civil engineering apprentices within the Technical and Professional department, and we develop these relationships to provide work placements for full-time students. The college utilises the employer links to provide industry standard training, and works to develop further links with industry to provide more placements.


We place a high emphasis on work placement within Construction and Civil Engineering. The college works with local employers to try and ensure you are able to secure a work placement within a local company. We also encourage you to find your own work placement during your time studying at the college. We aim to place you in a placement for a minimum of one week, this can be longer.

Interview Instructions

Once an application has been submitted and you are identified as being suitable for the course, you will be invited to an interview. There will be a form sent to fill in prior to the interview as well as a list of documents to bring with you. The interview wil be with the course leader to discuss your application.

Entry Criteria

You must hold five GCSEs grade 5 or above including
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science – Single, Double, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.