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Location: Ilkeston

Years: 2

Weeks: 38

Hours: 3.00

Start: 07/09/2021

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement, or for electively home educated young people.

The City & Guilds Entry 3 Award in Construction Skills (601/0405/3) has been designed to give students an insight into different trades in the construction industry and is an ideal alternative for students who aren’t quite working at GCSE level yet. Students can develop occupational knowledge in three trade areas (Bricklaying, Plastering and Painting & Decorating) in our purpose-built Construction Academy, supporting progression into a trade specialism in post-16 education.

This course can be delivered over one or two years, in Year 10 or Year 11, and students will study at Ilkeston College for either half a day or one full day a week.

If you are home educated, you can also apply to study GCSE Maths and English with us.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in the construction industry.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

Students will spend time in the three trade areas while completing the units below. For each unit, students will also learn how to identify the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), tools and materials for each task.

  • Painting techniques
  • Constructing half brick walling
  • Preparing background surfaces and applying render coats

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through a portfolio containing photographic evidence of their practical work and supporting written statements. There are no external examinations for this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved, students may wish to progress on to a Level 1 trade-specific qualification (e.g. Bricklaying, Plastering, Plumbing).

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Tradesperson (Bricklayer, Tiler, Plasterer, Plumber, Carpenter, etc.)
  • Scaffolder
  • Roofer
  • Landscaper
  • Building Surveyor

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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George Barwick

George Barwick

Professional Construction course - ‘the best thing I ever did!’

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.


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