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DEC - Design, Engineer, Construct
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2018/19) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

Are you READY to join the Design Engineer & Construct world!

Then this Foundation certificate in Design Engineer & Construct (DEC) is just the course you need to get you ready to be creative and inspiring in the Built Environment world. Through a project based approach DEC applies academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. This course gives young people a real world practical experience and employability skills.

Unit 1: Defining a Sustainable Construction Project – 12 credits (60 GLH)

  1. Research and convey the project remit.
  2. Set standards for sustainability in a construction project.
  3. Define site information required at pre-design phase.

Unit 2: Developing a Sustainable Construction Project – 10 credits (60 GLH)

  1. Prepare a design brief and take steps to appoint an effective design team.
  2. Use building information modelling techniques for concept design.
  3. Prepare information and resources needed to support a planning application.

Unit 3: Support Design, Structural and Services aspects of a Sustainable Construction Project – 8 credits (60 GLH)

  1. Use building information modelling techniques to develop the design
  2. Use building information modelling techniques to develop structural elements of a building project
  3. Use building information modelling techniques to develop building services elements of a building project

Unit 4: Lifecycle and Financial Planning for a Sustainable Construction Project – 10 credits (60 GLH)

  1. Use building information modelling techniques to support the operational management of a building.
  2. Understand cost analysis and financial control. 3. Produce a budget for a complex building project.

Unit 5: Evaluating and Documenting a Sustainable Construction Project – 10 credits (60 GLH)

  1. Make objective comparisons between construction methods.
  2. Communicate outcomes from professional perspectives.
  3. Make a presentation of a summary report to a critical audience.
Entry Requirements

This is a Level 3 course therefore you require a Level 3 Certificate qualification to join this course. Formal qualifications required. You must also have a real desire and enthusiasm to learn about the DEC industry and apply your English & maths skills.

Assessment Method

You will need to meet the course criteria with both practical and basic knowledge requirements. Coursework, E-assessment, Multiple Choice Examination, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Demonstration/Assignment.

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this course could lead to you progressing to University or work in the Industry.

Study Methods

This is a theory and practical based course where you will be working with real life projects and people.


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