This is a two-year programme designed for those interested in pursuing a career in architecture, building or quantity surveying, site management, site engineering, estimating or buying.
You will be studying for a BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma over the two years - Under 17s will complete a ‘Foundation Diploma’ in the 1st year - and you will also participate in tutorial sessions and the ‘professional construction employment and skills academy’, which has strong links and support from numerous local construction companies (Contractors, Architects, Building Services, and Structural Engineers etc.).
The course is structured such that students who are lucky enough to obtain an apprenticeship part way through the course can easily transfer onto our part time apprenticeship programme - this can sometimes happen whilst students are completing internships, with employers via the ‘professional construction employment and skills academy’.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in Professional Construction. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
You will study:
The course is assessed through written assignments and/or phase tests. You will be supported with formative feedback leading up to formal assessments to ensure you achieve your highest potential grade. The three double sized units include an external assessment by BTEC.
A book list will be provided at the beginning of the academic year and learners may wish to purchase books as appropriate. You will also need to purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for site visits and technical drawing equipment. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our ‘employment and skills Academy’ activities.
This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or 5 Construction qualification.
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.