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Preparing for your Construction course

We want to prepare you for starting your Construction course in September.

Below is a list of resources and key information to help you get ready for joining us.


Reading List

Here are a range of books we recommend:

  • Construction and the Built Environment – Level 2 Diploma. Edexcel. ISBN: 978 0435499 91 4 - This book gives you an initial insight into construction
  • The City & Guilds Textbook: Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery ISBN-13: 978-0851932699
  • The City & Guilds Textbook: Level 2 Diploma in Painting & Decorating ISBN-13: 978-0851932965
  • Painting and Decorating Manual, Wiley-Blackwell; 6th edition ISBN-13: 978-1444335019
  • The City & Guilds Textbook: Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying ISBN-13: 978-0851932682

Useful Resources

Click on the links below:

  • Construction News: Giving the latest news of what’s happening in the industry.
  • CITB: The Construction Industry and Trade Board is the link organisation between what the construction industry needs within its workforce the colleges that deliver the training.
  • The City & Guilds: BCoT Construction department’s main awarding body. Your qualification will be recognised as a standard of competence all around the world.

Leading Construction Companies: What they do in the UK and around the World!


Further Construction resources and content:

  • Find out more about our courses and facilities here.
  • Tour our BCoT Construction facilities with Course Director Steve here.

Contact us

If you have any questions about starting at BCoT or your course, please email us at Construction@bcot.ac.uk


I really enjoy studying at BCoT as my teachers really support me to achieve my best and they give me freedom within my work to create my own styles.
Chloe Frewer
Basingstoke College of Technology I 2021
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