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.
You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:
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 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 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.
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.
Trainee quantity surveyor Carrie Hallsworth is living proof that it's never too late to train for the career you really want. As well as being a mum to two young children, she holds down a busy job with a property maintenance company and is studying hard for a foundation degree in quantity surveying at Derby College.Carrie, who is 33 and from Heanor, intended to go into higher education straight after school but instead went out to work and got used to drawing a regular income.
She worked in offices, at a supermarket and for a building society but none of these jobs was really 'her'. It was only when husband Vaughan, a joiner, suggested she apply for a job in contracts with his employer, CLC Group in Shepshed, that Carrie discovered her true career path. She was taken on as a tenant liaison officer and found she especially liked managing the budgets and controlling the purse strings.
So, on return from maternity leave after having her second baby, she asked CLC Group if she could train as a quantity surveyor. Carrie is now in her second year of the part-time course and plans to go to Nottingham Trent University and gain her full degree once she's finished her foundation degree next year.Carrie said:
I was really nervous at first about going back to college in my thirties, but the lecturers were great – very supportive. I'm one of three female students out of a group of 14 on my course – and I'm quite a bit older than the others – but I haven't found any issues with being a woman in construction.