BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering

Overview

  • Adults

BTEC L3 Sub. Dip. Construction and the Built Environment (QCF) [PT Dip. BSE Y1]

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering (QCF) [PT Y2]

Details

This course is designed for people already employed in the building services industry and associated areas.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

Course units include Health, Safety & Welfare, Sustainable Construction, Mathematics, Science & Materials, Building Services Science and a number of other mechanical and electrical engineering subjects related to building services engineering.

On successful  completion of the first year learners achieve the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. The full Diploma is claimed at the end of the second year.

Outline of skills and knowledge

BTEC QCF Level 3 qualifications are designed to provide highly specialist work-related content. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment or provide career development opportunities for those already in work. 

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Successful candidates achieving merits or above overall are invited to enrol on our HNC programme. In recent years the college has had very good success rates for our level 3 and HNC courses with many students progressing further onto degree schemes in Building Services Engineering subjects.

How will I learn?

The course is mainly classroom based with a focus on theoretical approaches to design, analysis and evaluation. 

How will I be assessed?

The twelve units have on average three assessments each. A typical unit will have two independently written coursework assignments and one class-based assessment completed under supervision.

Equipment and other costs

There are no equipment costs for this course. 

For further information and to apply

If you need help before choosing your course, please contact our Information Centre or come along to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2015 to July 2016) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

Learners can always expect to be working on at least one assignment or project at any given time throughout the two years. 

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Facilities Management

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Candidates must be employed in the building services or related sectors.

Candidates must have Mathematics and English Language skills at level 2 (e.g. GCSE grades C or above). Candidates without formal qualifications can take our initial assessments in mathematics and English to provide evidence of their functional skills capabilities.

All candidates are interviewed by the programme manager and should bring a reference from their employer and previous qualification certificates.

Expected prior knowledge

No prior knowledge is required although in reality candidates possess skills and experience from their working environment. 

English level

Level 2 English Language e.g. GCSE English Language A*-C (B or above is preferred)  

Mathematics level

Level 2 Mathematics e.g. GCSE Mathematics A*-C (B or above is preferred) 

Support

Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2018. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit  or on a low income you maybe entitled to fee remission/concessionary rates.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund. 

For further information click here.

Childcare

Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.