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Heritage Skills CSkills Awards NVQ Level 3 Diploma

This Level 3 Construction course will enable you to convert your existing skills and experience into a recognised construction qualification through on-site assessment and training. The course takes into account the skills you already have, so you only need to train towards the things you don’t know how to do. The whole qualification can be assessed on-site, so no work time is lost by attending College.


Entry requirements

To take part in this course you must at least have an NVQ Level 2 in your main trade area. You must also be working in a suitable heritage construction role in order to gain enough performance evidence.

Course content

There are five specific construction trade routes currently on offer: carpentry, bench joinery, brickwork, painting and decorating, and plastering.

During the course you will complete the following mandatory units:

  • Conforming to General Safety in the Workplace
  • Confirming Work Activities and Resources for Occupational Work Areas
  • Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships
  • Confirming the Occupational Method of Work
  • Working on Conservation and Restoration Projects.

You will then pursue one of the following specific heritage routes: brickwork, bench joinery, carpentry, painting and decorating, plastering (solid & fibrous).

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on-site, and through providing a portfolio of evidence.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you could undertake a higher level course in heritage or restoration studies.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course Information & How to Apply

We are currently reviewing our courses to determine how we can adapt them during the pandemic to ensure we provide an outstanding student experience. Our course information is coming soon; register you interest to be the first to apply for this course in July!

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If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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For more information please ring Student Recruitment on 01234 291000 or email us.           

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Advanced Learner Loans
If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £25,000 per year!

» Visit the Advanced Learner Loans page for more information

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