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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 5421.00****

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Course Summary

This one-year course is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in civil or structural engineering.

You will participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy which has outstanding links with and support from numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services and structural engineers.

The course is structured so that students who obtain an apprenticeship part-way through can easily transfer to our part-time apprenticeship programme with minimal fuss. This can sometimes happen whilst students are completing internships with employers via our Employment and Skills Academy.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a professional civil engineering role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need one of the following:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and Science. The candidate should also have GCSE Maths at grade 5 (B) or above - preferably 6+.
  • An Intermediate Diploma in a relevant subject area to a Merit or Distinction grade. The candidate will also have GCSE English at grade 4 (C) and GCSE Maths at grade 5 (B) or above - preferably 6+.
  • Relevant industrial experience working in the construction sector with GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.

Course Content

The modules in this 90-credit Diploma have been purposely selected for this pathway:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical and Electrical Services in Construction
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design for Construction
  • Construction in Civil Engineering

How will I be assessed?

The course uses various assessment methods, including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other methods. Unlike many other programmes at this level, the course utilises ‘problem-based learning’ teaching methods which create a student-focused learning environment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for site visits and technical drawing equipment. The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our Employment and Skills Academy activities.

What can I do after this course?

With successful achievement of the Level 3 90-credit Diploma at the required grades, you can progress to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.

Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering is also possible.

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Hannah Mountford

Hannah Mountford

Derby College course comes to architectural consultancy’s rescue

A highly commended former Derby College apprentice is starting university and building towards a career as an architectural technologist.
Twenty-year-old Hannah Mountford said the coursework at college suited her learning style and the Roundhouse environment boosted her confidence.
Hannah took a Level 3 BTEC and Level 3 NVQ in Construction and the Built Environment as part of her apprenticeship at an architectural consultancy, in her hometown of Leek, in Staffordshire.
Not only did she pass with a double distinction*, she was also highly commended as a second year student in the college's Peak Awards.
Hannah's Peak Award citation praised her work as being at "a level far in advance of that expected for a second year apprentice – completing some outstanding designs and plans."
Her distinction *s provided a strong basis to help land a place at the University of Derby, where she will study architectural technology part-time from this month (SEPTEMBER).
A trainee architectural technician, Hannah now works at Hewitt & Carr Architects, in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

Doing my A-Levels, I got top marks for ICT but I wasn't that happy with my English Literature, because I made mistakes in the exam. I'm not so good at exams but my BTEC was all course work, so I was much happier with that. College helped me a lot. I enjoyed it and it helped my confidence.


As I achieved a double distinction* at college, I've been accepted into the University of Derby to study architectural technology, on day release, alongside my work. In the future, when I graduate, I'm aiming to be a qualified architectural technologist and progress to become TCIAT/MCIAT industry qualified.


I'd like to continue in the same practice, though. I'm happy where I am.

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