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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 8.00

Start: 09/09/2019

Days / Times: Tuesday 09:00 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 3500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are employed as a technician or in management, contracting or design in the civil engineering sector within the construction and the built environment industry, 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 Civil Engineering, the ICE.

It will help you on your way to one of the many varied professional careers in construction including management, civil engineering, architecture, design, quantity surveying, building surveying and land surveying.
On completion of the programme, you will have gained significant sector skills knowledge and competence so that you are well placed to undertake middle to senior management responsibilities.

Working in the industry and studying at the same time will require you to have good time management and organisational skills. However, it will also 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.

Entry requirements

You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and The Built Environment
  •  A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  •  An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above

Course Content

Year one:

  • Construction technology
  • Science and materials
  • Construction practice and management
  • Construction information (drawing, detailing and specification)

Year two:

  • Mathematics for construction
  • Principles of structural design
  • Surveying, measuring and setting out
  • Individual project

You will need to complete eight units from the above suite, with seven mandatory units and one optional unit which will offered based on what the student group demands.

How is the course delivered?

You will be taught on a blended delivery model where you will attend College on alternate weeks (first week in College and the next week working independently and with autonomy) each month 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. 

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake technical assignments where you will be offered the opportunity to solve technical problems closely aligned with civil engineering and construction scenarios, giving you the chance to learn and demonstrate your knowledge. Alongside the technical assignments, you will undertake professional presentations, course work and projects both individually and as part of a team.

You will have access to staff who have experience of the industry and who boast particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of the construction industry.  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. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

N/A

What can I do after this course?

You could progress to a HND or to a BSc/BEng degree in a related construction discipline, building on the broad knowledge base you have gained from your two years of study.

We would encourage you to join the ICE at student membership level. 

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Nigel Duffus

Nigel Duffus

College knowledge vital to plan career as a surveyor

Apprentice surveyor Nigel Duffus says Derby College is providing the vital skill base he needs to help fulfil his career dreams. Nigel, 22, is in the second year of his Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment, and third year of four as an apprentice with property management company Derby Homes. He said the course was laying foundations to help him decide which area of property surveying, and possibly in the long-term architecture, he would like to specialise in. Nigel said the college course gave him a broad view of surveying while the workplace provided skills specific to his workplace.

The college is very learner-friendly – you get access to all the support and facilities you need to help reach your goals.


I'd like to progress onto a level four and go as far as I can on the academic side, as a foundation for a long-term career.
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