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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3FDI (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    The National Foundation Diploma is a one year, full time course designed for learners looking to study construction as a one-year, full-time course to support progression to higher education courses in construction areas before entering employment. It is equivalent to 1.5 “A” levels. 

  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs including maths, English and Science GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above or a vocational course at Level 2.

  • What does the course involve?

    Construction principles, design and technology as well as health and safety units to prepare you for employment, Apprenticeships and Higher Education in jobs such as Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Site Supervision, Contracts Management and Architecture. It also allows progression to the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment here at Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

  • How is the course assessed?

    There are seven units of which four are mandatory. Two units are externally set and marked. Five assessments are internally set and assessed; using a range of assessment methods including assignments, reports, phase tests, individual projects, surveys, risk assessments and method statements. Please refer to the course specification for information and assessment for this particular course.

  • How much does it cost?

    Trips: A full or partial contribution to any trips must be made, the cost will vary depending on the details of the trip. 

  • Additional Notes

     Equipment: we highly recommend that you have a 4GB memory stick or hard drive with a high capacity, lever arch file, note pad, protective footwear, and waterproof coat.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Alexander Fokianos

Alexander Fokianos

Level 1 Brickwork
Previous Institution: Shrewsbury Academy

Bricklaying is a hands-on, practical course and gives you good experience to move into employment.

Andrew Holloway

Andrew Holloway

HNC in Construction & the Built Environment
Previous Institution: Shrewsbury Academy

I wanted a complete change in career and had always considered becoming an architect. When I came to an SCG Open Evening, tutors suggested the route of Higher Education in Construction. It is a great hands-on course and I especially enjoyed learning about CAD, as this is a skill I need to become an architect.

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Career Options

  • Environment professionals

    Up to £39,000

  • Production managers and directors in construction

    Up to £52,000


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