Course Information

Pearson Level 3 National Diploma in Construction with National Extended Certificate in Agriculture


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 01 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Time: 09:00–17:00
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 510
Fee: N/A
Places Available: 12
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Do you have a passion for construction and farming, but you are not sure which to pursue? Why not enrol on our new Pearson L3 National Diploma in Construction with National Extended Certificate in Agriculture. This Level 3 qualification will give you the option to progress into Higher Education in either the construction or agriculture sectors, or can be your doorway into a career in either sector. The aim of the course is to build upon the interest learners may already have in the fields of both construction and agriculture, to develop their skills, deepen their understanding, and prepare them to progress to Higher Education, or alternatively enter employment in either sector directly.

Additional Information

The course is suitable for school leavers wishing to progress to university or undertake a Foundation Degree at South West College. This new course would also be suitable for those students who have been in industry (perhaps coming from a trade or farming background) who wish to progress their career. The course will be undertaken on a full-time basis. Students will also have the opportunity to complete Essential Skills or GCSE qualifications in Mathematics, English and ICT

Course Content

During the course students will be able to undertake additional qualifications to support their main programme of study – e.g. 2D AutoCAD, Construction Skills Register (CSR) Card. This will help improve practical skills and enhance employability. The student experience will be further enhanced by regular site visits, helping to contextualise the learning. Guest speakers from disciplines across industry will also regularly deliver lectures on specialised topics. All learners will be given the opportunity to undertake a short work placement in the Construction/Civil Engineering or Agriculture sectors during their course of study.

Core Modules

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health & Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Building Regulations & Control in Construction
  • Professional Working Responsibilities
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Work Experience in the Land-based Sectors
  • Optional Modules

  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Measurement Techniques in Construction
  • Site Engineering
  • Land-based Machinery Operations
  • Estate Management/li

    Assessment Method

    Four of the units are externally assessed: Construction Principles (examination), Construction Design (set tasks) and Professional Working Responsibilities (examination) and Plant & Soil Science (examination. All other units are internally assessed by projects and coursework assignments

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion, learners may progress to a range of Higher Education courses such as a Foundation Degree or Honours Degree in, for example, Construction Engineering and Management, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Building Services with Sustainable Construction, Applied and Environmental Sciences and many other related programmes at SWC. It is also possible to progress directly into employment, or in some cases to self-employment, using the skills learned.

  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade C or above or Level 2 BTEC. Entry is subject to a successful interview.