Construction and the Built Environment (BTEC National)

Exam Board: Pearson- Edexcel

Course Outline

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level.

The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the construction sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in construction-related subjects. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Content & Assessment

Externally-assessed units

Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment are of 120 GLH to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Learners must achieve all external units at pass grade or above. Learners are permitted to reseat any external assessment only once during their programme.

Internally- assessed units

Most units in this sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that you set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit, using the examples and support that Pearson provides.

Synoptic assessment

Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.

Size and structure

360 GLH (490 TQT)*

Equivalent in size to one A Level.

4 units of which 4 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (100%). External assessment (66%).

*Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Total Qualification Time (TQT)


With this course you will be able to apply for higher education courses, not necessarily in construction-related subjects. You could also progress in Architecture, Interior Designer, Set Building, Carpentry, Joinery, Furniture Making and more.

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Entrance Requirements


  • Grade C in Design and Technology or grade 6 in GCSE Art and Design
  • Grade 5 in English Literature.


  • Grade 7 or above in GCSE Art and Design or a B or above in Design and Technology