BTEC National (RQF) in Construction and the Built Environment - qualification overview

26 October 2017

In this update, you will find an overview of the brand new BTEC National in Construction and the Built Environment, including information on the structure, pathways and assessment strategies used. 

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Information about BTEC National (RQF) Construction and the Built Environment (Level 3), first teaching September 2017

This qualification is part of the suite of Construction and the Built Environment qualifications offered by Pearson. In this suite, there are qualifications that focus on different progression routes, allowing learners to choose the one best suited to their aspirations.

All qualifications in the suite share some common units and assessments, allowing learners some flexibility in moving between qualifications where they wish to select a more specific progressionn route. 

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Qualification sizes and pathways

There are 4 sizes in this qualification suite. All levels of the the qualification are Tech Levels. 

Qualification Title Size and A level equivalent Qualificaiton Number
BTEC National Extended Diploma in CTBE 360 GLH - 1 A level 603/0862/X
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in CTBE 540 GLH - 1.5 A level 603/0863/1
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in CTBE 720 GLH - 2 A levels 603/0864/3
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in CTBE 1080 GLH - 3 A levels 603/0861/8

The larger two sizes of the qualification, Diploma and Extended Diploma has separate pathways. 

Qualification Title Size - A level Equivalent Qualification Number
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in n Building Services Engineering 720 GLH - 2 A levels 603/1218/X
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in n Building Services Engineering 1080 GLH - 3 A levels 603/1219/1
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering 720 GLH - 2 A levels 603/1217/8
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering 1080 GLH - 3 A levels 603/1216/6

Structure of the Qualification

The qualification includes both internally and externally assessed units. 

Externally assessed units

For the Extended Certificate, Foundation Diploma and Diploma, there are 2 externally assessed units.

Unit 1: Construction Principles (120 GLH)

  • The unit is assessed with a written examination
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Assessment Opportunities in January and May/June
  • 75 marks

Unit 2: Construction Design (120 GLH)

  • The unit is assessed with a set task by Pearson
  • Marked by Pearson
  • Two parts - Part A: 3 hours, Part B: 12 hours
  • Assessment Opportunity: May/June
  • This is a synoptic unit
  • 63 marks

For Extended Diploma, there is an additional externally assessed unit

Unit 3: Tendering and Estimating (120 GLH)

  • The unit is assessed with a set task by Pearson
  • Marked by Pearson
  • 12 hours supervised
  • Assessment Opportunity: May/June

Internally assessed units

There are mixture of mandatory and optional units available for each size and pathway. Internal units are assessed with the utilisation of assignment briefs. 

Employer Involvement

BTEC Level 3 Nationals (RQF) in Construction and the Built Environment has been designed as Tech Level qualifications. As an approved centre you are required to ensure that during their study, every learner has access to meaningful activity involving employers. Involvement should be with employers from the construction and the built environment sector and should form a significant part of the delivery or assessment of the qualification.

Each centre’s approach to employer involvement will be monitored in two ways:

  • At centre level in the first term each year as part of the annual quality management review process that addresses centre strategy for delivery, assessment and quality assurance.
  • At programme level as part of the standards verification process to confirm that plans for employer involvement meet the requirements of the specification.

In order to give you maximum flexibility in creating and strengthening employer involvement, we have not specified a particular level of input from employers.

Requirements

In Exdended Certificate and Foundation Diploma, meaningful employer involvement should contribute to at least one mandatory unit.

For Diploma and Extended Diploma, at least two mandatory units should have employer involvement. 

You can find more information about employer involvement and units that are suitable in section 4 - planning your program section of the specification document.

Calculation of the qualification grade

Here you can find information about grades and points available for different unit sizes. For more information, please refer to section 9 of the specification document.  

Qualification Available grade range
Extended Certificate, Foundation Diploma P to D*
Diploma PP to D*D*
Extended Diploma PPP to D*D*D*
  Unit Size - 60 GLH Unit Size - 90 GLH
U 0 0
Pass 6 9
Merit 10 15
Distinction 16 24
  Unit Size - 90 GLH Unit Size - 120 GLH
U 0 0
Pass 9 12
Merit 15 20
Distinction 24 32

Pearson will automatically calculate the points for each external unit once the external assessment has been marked and grade boundaries have been set. 

Extended Certificate Foundation Diploma Diploma Extended Diploma
360GLH 540GLH 720GLH 1080GLH
U 0
P 36
M 52
D 74
D* 90
U 0
P 54
M 78
D 108
D* 138
U 0
PP 72
MP 88
MM 104
DM 124
DD 144
D*D 162
D*D* 180
U 0
PPP 108
MPP 124
MMP 140
MMM 156
DMM 176
DDM 196
DDD 216
D*DD 234
D*D*D 252
D*D*D* 270

The table is subject to review over the lifetime of the qualification. The most up-to-date version will be issued on our website.

Teaching and learning materials

We are developing new resources to support the delivery and assessment of the new BTEC National in Construction. From the link below, you will be able to access; delivery guides, delivery plans, schemes of work and teacher support materials.

Evren AlibabaConstruction, Planning and the Built Environment
UK: 020 7010 2168
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2168
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