If you are employed in the building/construction sector - and operating as a technician, in a management or in a design role - this two-year course is an ideal way to move your career forward.
The HNC is an established qualification and is recognised by industry professionals and the professional bodies - in the case of construction, the CIOB.
Construction engineers play a key role in the architecture of a building project, having significant influence in addressing the energy demands and sustainability of a building.
While working in the industry and studying at the same time will require you to have good time management and organisational skills, it should offer you the opportunity to utilise the skills you have learned in your professional practice by looking at problem-based learning. Your own industrial practice is a welcome asset to promote experiential learning and peer support throughout the course.
You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one of the following:
You will need to complete eight units from the above suite, with seven mandatory units and one optional unit which will be offered based on the demand of the group.
How is the course delivered?
You will attend College one day a week over two semesters per academic year. You will undertake two units per semester.
You will have access to your tutors via email and through online learning platforms, offering you additional support to give everyone equal opportunities to develop their skills and achieve their full potential.
You will undertake technical assignments where you will be offered the opportunity to solve technical problems closely aligned with industrial, commercial and domestic building and construction scenarios, offering you the chance to learn and demonstrate your knowledge. Alongside the technical assignments, you will undertake professional presentations, course work and projects individually and as part of a team.
You will have access to industry-competent staff who have experience of the sector with particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of construction. The course is delivered in our purpose built HE centre with access to industry-standard software such as Autodesk and Microsoft Project as well as online resources.
More information will be provided regarding the above at interview.
You could progress to an HND or a BSc/Eng degree in a related construction discipline, taking with you a broad knowledge base from your two years of study.
We would encourage you to join the CIOB at student membership level.
Trainee quantity surveyor Alisha Jhangeer says professional construction at the Roundhouse provided the perfect preparation for her new job.
Her Level Three course meant she already had valuable, relevant knowledge when she joined Derby-based chartered surveyors Armsons.
Nineteen-year-old Alisha described the lecturers as “100 per cent great”. She said she especially enjoyed going out on site visits and was inspired when employers came to college to speak to her group. Her achievements come after a period when she was unsure of a career after school. Alisha went to DC Group’s Joseph Wright Centre to retake her GCSE English, as well as three further exams, including higher maths.
Newly armed with seven GCSEs, Alisha decided on professional construction at the Roundhouse after being inspired by the enthusiasm of her quantity surveyor uncle.
Darley Abbey-based Armsons is a DC Group Skills Academy member and she met the firm through the college.
Jonathan Heath, an Armsons director, regularly visits the Roundhouse to give student talks and to stage practice interviews.
Alisha did well in her interview and joined the firm on work experience before landing her trainee/apprentice quantity surveyor job. She completed the course with two distinctions and a merit.
Alisha said: “The lecturers were 100 per cent great, helping with my assignments and helping me to get my grades. In terms of the classroom, you learn the information that you need and then, when you go on site, you really see how that knowledge is used. When I came to Armsons, I was familiar with the kind of work I was asked to do. College helped a lot to prepare me for what happens at work, and without it I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
As part of her training, Armsons is putting Alisha through the Level 6 Chartered Surveyor (Quantity Surveyor Pathway) Degree Apprenticeship course at Nottingham Trent University.
My studies take five years and after another year’s experience, you qualify as a quantity surveyor. My family is so happy I’ve found something I really want to do.