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 of the following:
In light of Covid-19 DCG has the following provision planned:
1. Induction Week will commence w/c Monday 14th September 2020. This will run for two days - day one will consist of face-to-face delivery; day two will consist of remote access to induction materials and remote delivery of content by lecturers via the Microsoft Teams platform.
2. Teaching will commence w/c Monday 21st September 2020 (days to be confirmed). The following planned semester will run until 8th February 2021 when current guidance and delivery methods will be reassessed. The following is planned for delivery contact time on a weekly basis:
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 what the student group demands.
How is the course delivered?
You will normally 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.
Teenager Isaac Fowler says Derby College is providing focus and freedom as he builds towards a career as a quantity surveyor. Seventeen-year-old Isaac, from Belper, decided to take a BTEC Level 3 in Professional Construction when he realised life in the sixth form was not for him. Now he is completing his course part-time after being taken on as an apprentice with builder GF Tomlinson following a work placement with the business.
Isaac is aiming to go on to take a Derby College foundation course, and then a degree with Derby University, while he gains more experience with GF Tomlinson. His long-term dream is to qualify as a quantity surveyor and run his own business. He said:
I'm enjoying college; you have more freedom than at school and the lessons are aimed at what I want to do for my future. The lecturers have both come from construction and they really know what they are talking about.