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Construction and the Built Environment Diploma - Level 2 (1 year)

The First Diploma gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction and the built environment sector.

What will I learn?

Candidates will learn 12 units about construction technology and design, science and materials for construction, health and safety, sustainability, surveying, building services, among other things.

How will I be assessed?

Candidates must complete internally assessed assignments for 10 units and 2 units will be externally assessed through a paper based exam.

What may it lead to?

Potential opportunity to progress to employment, or progress within employment, in a wide range of job roles across the construction sector, for example junior technician posts or in the various construction trades. It also provides opportunities for the development of transferable skills related to study and vocational application within construction and the built environment and elsewhere.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE at grade C or above, including Maths, English and science.

Additional Information & Other Costs

Course Code




Start Date(s)



1 year


Fee Code



24+ Fee


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Making buildings work

You will be interested in the systems installed in buildings, whether electric, heating or plumbing, and making them efficient through power management, drainage, safety and renewable energies. Building Services is what makes a building work.

Build your career

If you are hands-on and enjoy practical challenges, a job in construction could be for you. Construction is one of the UK’s largest industries, and offers many career opportunities. Our construction crafts qualifications are delivered in workshop environments, meaning you can experience your chosen trade as you would in the industry.

Gain knowledge, skills and experience

Our qualifications are suited to people of all skill levels, and we will help you develop as far as you want to go.

You will have access to industry-standard equipment, workshops and facilities within our technology Block,and you will be taught by staff that have worked within the industry, who apply their knowledge to your course.

Our staff have all worked in the construction industry and bring a wide range of professional experience to lessons. They will help you develop knowledge and skills that are valued by employers.

Working with real companies

The college has extensive links with employers throughout East Kent, such as Halsion, Mears, DMA and Watkins – all leaders in their industries. This means you will have the opportunity to visit real businesses and link up with employers to do work experience. Many students have gone on to work for construction companies they made contact with.

Big projects

Your practical learning won’t be confined to the workshop. Students are encouraged to take on big projects with local companies as the clients, and get involved with building the College.

Your Study Programme

While you study for your main qualification you will benefit from a Study Programme designed just for you. You will take part in activities such as work experience, tutorials, enrichment activities and work-related learning.

You will also continue to study maths and English as these skills are important to construction crafts. Be it measuring materials or talking to clients about their projects, maths and English underpin all of your studies, and we will help you to improve your understanding.

What's Next?

What you'll be using:

  • Plumbing Workshop
  • Electrical Workshop
  • Covered Bricklaying Centre
  • Industry-endorsed Gas Centre
  • Specialist Wood Workshops
  • Professional kit, tools and equipment

Work in:

  • Building
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Building Control
  • Gas Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Plumbing
  • Furniture & Cabinet Making

Student Voice:

”I enjoy Carpentry and Joinery as it is very hands-on in the workshops and I have been learning so much already.“

Sammie Hayes, 16

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