Design, Engineer and Construct in the Built Environment (DEC)

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Design, Engineer and Construct in the Built Environment (DEC)

Who is this course for?

This programme of study is designed to allow you to develop the digital design skills and construction knowledge required to progress to employment at a technical or professional level within the construction industry. The programme offers a combination of college-based learning along with work placements in an industrial setting.

It provides the opportunity to enter a wide range of career pathways, including: Quantity Surveying; Property Surveying; Civil, Structural and Building Services; Engineering and Construction Project Management; and Architecture and Architectural Technology.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or higher, including Maths, English Language and a Science or DEC level 2.


How long is this course?

This is a two-year full-time course commencing in September and ending in June.


What will I study on this course?

You will study a range of topics relating to the key principles required for the digital design of sustainable construction projects.  The course will enable you to develop an understanding of working practices in the construction industry and will include:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment (equivalent to 1 A level) – (16 – 56 UCAS points).

Construction Principles – learners demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles used in the design, construction and refurbishment of buildings and infrastructure.

Construction Design – apply the principles and practice of design and construction for low-and-medium-rise buildings and structures.

Construction Technology – examine the underlying principles and construction methods used in the construction of new buildings and their associated external works.

Health and Safety in Construction – carry out a safe system of work and investigate the significance of safety system reviews, understanding the responsibilities of employees and employers with regard to health and safety in construction operations.


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (equivalent to 1 A level) – (32 – 112 UCAS points).

Surveying in Construction – develop the skills to carry out linear, levelling and land surveys, understanding the methods and technologies needed for this work.

Graphical Detailing in Construction – develop knowledge and apply skills to produce graphical information by manual and computer-aided design (CAD) methods

Building Regulations and Control in Construction – learners interpret and apply the requirements of the building regulations to existing and new-build schemes, including the application process and different methods of inspection and control.

Management of a Construction Project – learners gain an understanding of management principles and their application to the construction industry.

Building Surveying in Construction – learners develop the skills needed to survey existing buildings, establish current condition and size, and enable detailed survey reports/plans that highlight defects and identify potential issues.

Provision of Primary Services in Buildings  – learners examine the four primary services to understand the installation, operation and integration of these services.


TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF) (equivalent to 1 A Level) – (16 – 56 UCAS points).

Define a Sustainable Construction Project – research and convey project remit, set standards for sustainability in a construction project and be able to define site information at pre-design phase.

Develop a Sustainable Construction Project – prepare a design brief and take steps to appoint an effective design team. Use building information modelling techniques for concept design. Prepare information and resources to support a planning application. 

Investigate Design, Structural & Services Aspects of a Sustainable Construction Project – gather and analyse information to develop the design, structural elements and building services. 

Deliver Design, Structural & Services Aspects of a Sustainable Construction Project – be able to use building information modelling techniques to develop design, structure and the building services elements of a building project.

Lifecycle and Financial Planning for a Sustainable Construction Project – be able to use building information modelling techniques to support the operational management of a building project, understand cost analysis and financial control and produce a budget for a complex building project.

Evaluating and Documenting a Sustainable Construction Project – be able to make objective comparisons between construction methods, communicate outcomes from a professional perspective and deliver a presentation of a summary report to a critical audience.


What Qualification will I gain?

Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (equivalent to 2 A Levels).

Level 3 TQUK Diploma Design Engineer Construct (equivalent to 1 A Level).


Will I go out on work experience?

Courses at Highlands College are about preparing you for the world of work. This course includes work placements in industry where you will gain experience of the different job roles within construction. 


What does this course lead on to?

The programme of study is designed to provide the opportunity to progress into employment in the construction industry, and/or further study on higher level courses such as HND and BSc (Hons) in Construction Management or HNC and B Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at University College Jersey.

Employment opportunities include:

Quantity Surveying | Property Surveying | Civil, Structural and Building Services | Engineering and Construction Project Management | Architecture and Architectural Technology.


How much will it cost?

There are no fees for this course.


How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on: 608582 or email:


Additional Information

All 6th form courses are subject to minimum enrolment numbers. Where a course does not meet the required number, it will be reluctantly cancelled for that academic year. Applicants affected will be contacted and offered a transfer to another course if a suitable one is available.

Anyone who has been out of education for longer than 6 months will be invited for interview. Following interview, the application will be referred to a review panel.

International students should contact Jersey immigration on before making an application.