Professional Construction Practice - Level 3 Applied Diploma (2 years)

Exam Board: EDUQAS

Introduction to the Course

Professional Construction Practice (PCP) is an applied level 3 diploma. It has been developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals. Through a project-based approach, PCP applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. The result is young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.

Thanks to the extraordinary support of industry leaders, professional bodies and progressive universities, PCP delivers an inspiring programme that is up to date and in demand by industry such as our partners White Code Design Associates and Laing O’ Rourke.

This subject will compliment Art, Geography and Media Studies if you want to pursue a career in the creative built environment industry such as Architecture and landscape designer. For a more technical Built Environment career such as engineering, you should choose Maths and Physics with another subject such as Computer Studies or Geography to support your PCP studies

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements plus grade 6 in Maths. It is desirable to have achieved a grade 6 in Design & Technology GCSE or other equivalent DT course. If you have not studied a DT course then a suitable portfolio will be considered.

Course Content and Assessment

The course is split up into four unit:

  1. Design the Built Environment                             20%                 Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the various stages of the design and planning processes, the impact of health and safety on design and the provision of primary service utilities. The design of the buildings that shape our environments must be influenced by many factors to promote the safety, health, comfort and productivity of occupants. These designs must be developed to minimise the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain the building and ensure that the possibilities for reducing environmental impact and running costs of the building over its lifetime are maximised

  1. Create the Built Environment                             20%                 External Examination

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the existing and developing processes required to construct a range of buildings including the use of project management and quality assurance. Consideration is also given to job roles within the industry, their interrelationship and career progression. There is a diverse range of construction professional roles that have a shared common strand of design, operational and commercial acumen. The common objective to sustainably resource, construct and maintain the built environment relies on the specialised primary occupations of Architect, Engineer, Builder and Surveyor.

  1. Value and Use the Built Environment               20%                 External Examination

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the engagement of stakeholders and communities in the development and use of the built environment. The protection of the environment and the physical structure in the use of the built environment will also be considered. Stakeholder and community engagement is the participating audience that the modern construction professional is expected to educate, consult and maintain a constant dialog with to ensure the positive outcomes of all projects. The high expectations of stakeholders is not just confined to clear channels of communications but also to the provision of ‘greener’ and more sustainable forms of energy to help reduce the carbon footprint that many individuals or organisations have publicly agreed to reduce as part of their own personal or corporate ethos, vision and values. Students will investigate real-life scenarios and be able to implement government and stakeholder requirements into their design solutions

  1. BIM and Construction Projects                           40%                 Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the application of Building Information Modelling in managing the design, creation and maintenance of built assets.  BIM (Building Information Modelling) is the process of designing, constructing or operating a building using electronic objected orientated information. It is technology based and relies on protocols for the storage and exchange of data. The ability of organisations in the construction supply chain to operate and exchange information on a building project, referred to as BIM maturity level, is critical and needs to be equal across the project team. Students will learn how to use industry standard software such as REVIT and Solid works to create solutions to design challenges.

 Future Career Progression

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their research, design and problem solving skills and skills in the built environment, whilst learning the technical knowledge required to under-take their project work. It will enable students to progress to a degree or apprenticeship in a range of disciplines in the built environment sector.

Examples of careers in Design Engineer Construct are:

  • Architecture
  • Structural and Temporary Works Engineering
  • Architectural Technologist
  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Design Management
  • Estate Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building Surveying
  • Land Surveyor
  • Mechanical & Electrical Management
  • Engineering Services
  • Construction related SME Services
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Document Control
  • Client Representation
  • Contract Administration

Related careers include:

  • Building Law
  • Geologist