Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Construction Design and Management

Construction Design and Management

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Construction Design and Management

Level 3 Extended Diploma Construction Design and Management | WJEC Extended Project Qualification

This comprehensive course equips aspiring professionals in the construction industry with the knowledge and skills needed for diverse careers, from architecture to site managers.

With an emphasis on new green technologies and innovations within construction, the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels. This program is widely recognised by universities and industry, providing a solid foundation for academic and practical success in the dynamic world of construction.

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Training with us means getting insights from experienced professionals and training in industry-standard workshops. We’ve also got great contacts with employers, so you’ll have access to great work experience opportunities and a chance to make professional contacts.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in year two is equivalent to three A-levels.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy plus Science at grade D or above
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy at grade C or above

The course consists of 15 units, all of which need to be passed to achieve the qualification. You will also take part in industry related activities.

This two year full-time qualification is aimed at five main pathways:

  • Construction and Construction Management
  • Architectural Design and Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Quantity Surveying

You will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks.

Modules studied will be:

Year 1 Modules:

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project

Year 2 Modules:

  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Building Regulations and Control
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Provision of Primary Services
  • Building Services Science
  • Conversion, Adaptation and Maintenance of Buildings
  • Housing Design Project
  • Renewable Energy for Housing

The grades awarded for subjects attempted in year one of studies will count towards your overall year two final grade.

In addition to the main programme learners will study the WJEC Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which can provide additional UCAS points for university entry. It provides opportunities for learners to expand their knowledge, work independently and acquire new skills through a variety of activities which may include: guest speakers, workplace visits and practical experiences.

You will study both the practical use and knowledge of the subject, which may involve local employers providing real examples as part of the training. It is expected that you will visit or have visits from employers who can provide demonstrations and talks on the industry, which may also be a relevant work placement with an employer.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

This course provides progression onto a Foundation Degree or Higher National Certificate in Construction Management at Pembrokeshire College, or a degree in a construction related subject at most Universities throughout the UK. Successful students may also be aiming to be employed in a construction discipline and the skills acquired during their studies should enable them to progress to a technical or professional position in industry.

Examples of the employment opportunities available after completing this qualification are Construction Design Technician, Construction Site Supervisor, Construction Site Technician, Construction Site Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician, Architectural Technician, Building Surveyor, Land Surveyor, Quantity Surveying Technician.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • Technical drawing equipment - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
  • A scientific calculator
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 08/11/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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