This is an established and dynamic higher education programme validated by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It has been specifically designed to equip graduates with the skills and attributes to enable them to progress within their chosen careers in either Construction Management or Quantity Surveying to a more senior level.
This validated Derby College programme offers an articulated route to the NTU BSc (Hons) Construction Management and BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying for successful applicants. The course is designed to take specific advantage of the candidate's professional construction work experience, work-based knowledge and working environment.
The course is delivered on a part-time, day release basis by experienced construction professionals and specialists who develop the right attitudes, aptitude, knowledge and skills needed to be successful within the professional construction sector. The programme consists of 12 mandatory units (four units per year) and is delivered via lectures, workshops and tutorials which are designed to develop high-calibre independent students ready for industry and/or further study at university. There will be up to six hours contact time per day and a significant amount of independent study is expected throughout all three years of the programme.
This programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2016-17 we enrolled nine students onto the programme.
The programme is regulated by HEFCE and takes place one day a week over three years at the Higher Education Centre within the Stephenson Building at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:
You will also need:
Other levels of entry, such as an approved Construction Bridging Programme, will be considered on a merit basis by the Programme Co-ordinator.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications but have significant and relevant professional construction industrial experience. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, reports, group and individual presentations, academic poster presentations, phase tests and exams. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable employability skills.
You need drawing equipment, a calculator, text books, portfolios (for assignment submissions), and general stationery supplies. Although it is not a prerequisite, it is helpful for students to have their own laptop/iPad to enable them to meet the required independent study demands.
Students who successfully complete and pass the course will have the opportunity to apply to progress to the part-time Level 5/6 degree programme at NTU in Construction Management or Quantity Surveying and ultimately to gain professional status as members of the CIOB and/or Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). An option to apply to study at Masters level may be available after completion of your BSc (Hons) degree.
The programme will also enhance your career prospects within your chosen profession.
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.