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 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.
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.
Not so long ago, student George Barwick was feeling “a little lost” and didn’t know what the future held for him.
Now he says every day is different and he has a future career as an architectural technologist planned. He is enjoying work experience with Derby-based architects Morrison Design.
Eighteen-year-old George went straight from school to a Derby College engineering apprenticeship which he completed in one year instead of two.
But it wasn’t really where he saw his future. His eyes lit up when he learned through the college about Professional Construction, with the potential to eventually become an architectural technologist.
George completed the first year of his Level 3 course with a distinction and distinction*s and said enrolling was “the best thing I ever did”.
Now in his second year, George’s achievements are all the more remarkable because he has hearing problems after contracting meningitis as a baby.
His hearing gradually worsened and while he was completing his GCSEs, George had a cochlea ear implant fitted. His final grades shot up, through a combination of intense hard work and “because I could actually hear what everybody was talking about.”
The college provides a notetaker and transcriber to help him in lectures.
He aims to go on to complete further qualifications at university, ideally through an apprenticeship.George’s Derby College mentor is Anthony Page, senior architectural technologist at Morrison Design, and a member of the College’s Skills Academy.
The practice employs 22 people, with four of them coming via Derby College.
Anthony said: "We’ve been impressed with George’s enthusiasm and ability. The majority of the guys we’ve had from Derby College have also been fantastic. We’ve really got only good things to say about it.
“Our link is helping to provide Morrison Design with good young staff, who are effectively going to be the future of the company, and they get a good place to start from to go on to be an architectural technologist or a fully-fledged architect.”
The College gives that little bit extra. It has been extremely helpful. Brilliant. You get so much hands-on knowledge and experience.
If it wasn’t for the Skills Academy here, I wouldn’t be getting the practical skills that I need. Your mentor is part of the Skills Academy and it’s all about getting you prepared for a job, combining the academy process with learning about work.
I don’t know what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found this course. I felt a bit lost to the point where I was thinking ‘why did I work so hard on my GCSEs?’ It’s the best thing I ever did.