Constructing the Built Environment

Available for: 16-19, Higher Education,


Construction is a wide-ranging profession with many disciplines in the industry. This course offers an insight into the construction industry ranging from the initial planning stage through the design and building process of housing, industrial and commercial buildings.

Course Details

If you have ever wondered how the buildings, infrastructure and landscape around us come into existence, and would like to find out more, this qualification could be for you. You will learn theoretical aspects and practical activities related to the built environment sector. This qualification opens up the world of the built environment sector, which covers all aspects of the creation of our towns and cities, and is fundamental to creating a sustainable future.

Construction and the built environment is an ideal course for students wishing to become an Architect, Building Surveyor, Construction Manager, Civil Engineer, Quantity Surveyor or any other professional/technician career pathways in the sector. You will study a range of subjects linked to the above careers including:

  • Domestic construction technology
  • Industrial and commercial construction technology
  • Health & safety in the built environment
  • Sustainability and the new technologies
  • Mathematics for the built environment

For the Construction pathway you will also take the following units:

  • Construction site supervision
  • Construction science and materials
  • Measurement, tendering and estimating
  • Site surveying.

You will be working both individually and as part of a group on practical surveying exercises, science laboratory tests and in theory classes. We will also be visiting various construction projects with assignments based around these case studies. You will be using industry standard materials and testing equipment.

English and maths qualifications are an essential element of your Study Programme and Apprenticeship training.

Study Programmes: C grade or above students must study extended maths and English

Self Study: 

PROCAT guidelines for self-study, meaning extra reading, researching and writing are as follows but of-course this is down to your own work ethic.

For a PASS:

Level 3: 1-2 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Level 4: 3-4 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Degree Apprenticeship: 5-6 hours per week studying at home/outside of college

If you are looking for higher grades, then obviously more hours each week would need to be spent at home/outside of college studying.

What you will study

This is a theory based study programme that will include compulsory work experience. You will be in college three and a half days per week.

Location: PROCAT Basildon Campus.

Duration: 12 months.

Study format: 3 1/2 days per week.

Entry requirements: GCSE English grade 4 or C. GCSE maths grade 5 or C.


Where can I learn?

This course is located in Basildon


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