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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Advanced Apprenticeship within our Professional Construction Academy allows you to gain the technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with the functional and personal skills, required for your immediate job and future career.

You will gain these skills through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction follows a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of an approved apprenticeship standard.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a Professional Construction career role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above), and Science
  • Or an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, with GCSE English and Maths (grade 5 or above)


Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in many of the units taken. Those accepted on the course with grade 5 (C) who have not undertaken the higher tier GCSE maths paper are strongly advised to self-study and understand the higher tier GCSE paper content prior to starting.

Course Content

You will study:

  • A Level 3 Apprentice Standard (work-based) for Building Services Design Technicians
  • A BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Typical units are shown below but may vary depending on the Apprenticeship standard):
    • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Sustainable Construction
    • Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering
    • Building Technology in Construction
    • Project Management in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment
    • Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
    • Computer Aided Drafting and Design for Construction
    • Measurement Techniques in Construction
    • Personal and Professional Development in the Built Environment

How will I be assessed?

The programme uses various assessment methods.

The Level 3 BTEC includes written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other methods. Unlike many other programmes at this level, the course utilises ‘problem-based learning’ teaching methods which create a student-focused learning environment.

As part of your work-based apprenticeship standard, you will also be assessed via observations, practical ability, witness testimonies and off-site competencies within the workplace. In addition, there will be a final ‘end-point assessment’ which shows you are capable within your industry role.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be provided with an equipment list during induction, which will include ‘technical drawing equipment’. The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists.

You will also be required to wear appropriate clothing (dress code) which will be suitable for general industry office wear. This will include smart trousers/skirt, shoes, smart shirt/blouse/dress. Alternatively, you can wear a company uniform if you have one (depending on your employer). Jeans, tracksuits, trainers and other casual wear are not permitted.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship, HNC or Foundation Degree or to any further specific training as required by your employer.  Ultimately you can take your studies to degree level and beyond.

This programme can pave the way for rewarding careers in building or quantity surveying, site management, project management, estimating, buying or other construction-related disciplines.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Matthew Hitchcock

Matthew Hitchcock

Peak Award winner Matthew on course to become quantity surveyor

Award-winning trainee quantity surveyor Matthew Hitchcock said his Derby College studies and workplace training complemented each other "perfectly" to launch his career. West Hallam teenager Matthew enjoyed studying maths and product design at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.
He had an idea even then that he might go into quantity surveying, and periods spent on work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland, and its subsidiary, Keyclad, reinforced the plan. When Matthew left school with good grades, he landed an apprenticeship with Keyclad at Heage, where he had already forged some links.
His line managers encouraged him to take the Derby College BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment. Matthew said he was excited by the course – saying it provided a broad overview of its subject matter and it "really helped him".
Matthew studied in college for a day-and a-half-a week for two years, completing the extended course with three distinction stars and he was named apprentice of the Year at the College's Peak Awards. Now, through Keyclad, he is studying one day a week at Nottingham Trent University for a Bachelor of science degree. After that he is planning to gain his RICS qualifications to become a chartered surveyor.

I think the diversity of the college course really helped me, because we learnt about design, as well as measurement and project management. It was quite varied and you got a good overview.

I learnt things at college that I couldn't learn at work. On the other hand, I learned a lot of things at work which transferred into my college essays, studies, and also helped my input into the classes. It came together perfectly. I felt lucky to have the support of such professional lecturers.

One of the best things was working with various students, because a lot of us work in different industries. The students all had different ideas and we brought them all together.


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