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“It is good for the soul to create with our hands”, and this is probably why some trade workers, including those working in construction, plumbing and electricity, are some of the happiest in the UK according to a new survey.

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Course Overview

The BTEC National Certificate in Construction has 12 units (6 per year). This is a generic course to teach you many aspects of construction from design technology, building surveying, construction management, maths, health and safety, planning and organisation, valuation etc.

Course Assessment Methods
All 12 assignments are marked on a task basis. Potential grades are Pass, Merit and Distinction. An external verifier visits the college, and your work is randomly examined for accuracy of marking and quality of work. Some assignments do have a class test/exam within their framework.

We have 6 compulsory units:

- Health, Safety and Welfare
- Sustainable Construction
- Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
- Science and Materials in Construction
- Construction Technology and Design in Construction
- Building Technology in Construction

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.

Entry Requirements

Mature students must be employed, should have a good standard of education and will be considered on an individual basis. If you are aged 16 to 19, you don't have to be employed but must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4, including Maths and English.

NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.

After Your Course

This level 3 course is equivalent to 3 A-levels, and at the end of the programme, you can progress onto the Kendal College HNC in Construction programme (2 years, 10 units) or go on to a university education either full- or part-time. The HNC programme at college is a level 4 course and leads to university. It is recognised in the industry as a professional qualification, and you can progress to a variety of careers allied to the construction industry.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.