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


Construction Technical – Built Environment and Design

Construction Technical – Built Environment and Design

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Construction Technical – Built Environment and Design

Level 3 NVQ Diploma Built Environment Design | Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Jobs are available at all levels, from skilled trades to senior project managers, with progression routes to technician and professional roles. The high demand for construction skills can lead to attractive salaries for those working in the industry.

If not taken as an apprenticeship – cost:


Is this course right for me?

The construction industry offers huge potential for learners interested in the sector. Construction contributes nearly £90 billion to the UK economy, 6.7 per cent of the total. There are 2.9 million jobs in the construction industry in over 280,000 businesses of all sizes, accounting for about 10 per cent of all jobs in the UK.

People of any age can undertake an apprenticeship in Construction Technical – Built Environment and Design. We offer apprenticeships at Level 3 only in this discipline. Access is subject to an interview.

An Apprenticeship in Construction Maintenance comprises of:

  • College based training one day per week
  • An NVQ qualification which is assessed in the workplace
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Qualifications unless you are exempt – if you do not have at least GCSE grade C in English or Welsh and Maths or Numeracy, we may offer you another course as an alternative to an Apprenticeship. We may also use other literacy and numeracy assessments, called WEST, to assess your suitability.

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must have an employer willing to employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship. Your job role must cover one or more of the maintenance pathways set out in the course information below.

Your employer will need to:

  • Be able to release you one day per week to attend college
  • Provide us with evidence of suitable insurance and evidence of your employment status
  • Be happy to discuss Health and Safety procedures with your assessor
  • Pay you the appropriate national minimum wage, including for college days


  • In college: One day per week in college over 12-18months depending on your experience.
  • In the workplace: Employers must agree to monthly planned assessor visits to observe you and to discuss your progress with a supervisor.

Places on Apprenticeship Programmes are limited and subject to capacity. An offer of employment does not guarantee an immediate place in college.

Transport: Please note that for apprenticeship courses the college day would normally end anytime between 5pm – 7pm, depending on the apprenticeship pathway you are following. As college buses leave at 4pm, you will need to ensure you have your own transport in place.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact our work-based learning team on 01437 753 205 or via email
Find out more about starting an apprenticeship on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • You will be expected to be in relevant job role

BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction give learners the opportunity to progress to employment, an apprenticeship or university. All qualifications for this sector introduce learners to essential understanding, where learners must, as a minimum, cover one of the foundation topics: Health and Safety, Sustainability, Mathematics, Science, Materials.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment and Design is for learners who work in, or want to work in the construction and built environment sector as design technicians, who may be involved in producing design solutions, surveys, drawings and preparing tenders. It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate competence in built environment design
  • develop knowledge and skills related to the specified job roles in built environment design
  • have their existing skills recognised
  • achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification
  • develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning.

The qualification structure is intended to enable the delivery of a safe, accessible, sustainable and energy efficient built environment in order to embrace and resolve the challenges of today and tomorrow, whilst respecting historic development and achievement. It has been developed by industry practitioners and interested professional bodies to serve a wide range of design disciplines, including civil and structural design, building surveying, architectural technology and design in specialist construction areas. The standards are relevant to those working in a technical support role. The qualification is appropriate for designers who work on new build, alterations, repairs, refurbishment and conservation projects.

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
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence
  • Written examination
  • If taken as an apprenticeship then reviews with your assessor and employer will take place every 1-2 months and you will be expected to have developed your skills and knowledge between each review

Many of those studying this qualification go on to the following roles – Construction design technicians including architectural technologists, building surveying, quantity surveying and project/construction management roles.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Clothing, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

Are you an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice?

Find out more about apprenticeships and the advantages for you as an Employer on our Employer Training page.

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Last updated: 14/11/2023
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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