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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 8583.00****

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Course Summary

This is a two-year programme designed for those interested in pursuing a career in Civil and Site Engineering.

You will be studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma over the two years - under 17s will complete a Foundation Diploma in the first year. You will also participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy, which has strong links with and support from numerous local construction companies.

The course is structured so that students who are lucky enough to obtain an apprenticeship partway through their studies can easily transfer to our part-time apprenticeship programme. This can sometimes happen while students are completing internships with employers via our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in professional construction. 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 C or above including English and Mathematics (grade 5 or above), and Science. Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.
  • An Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, with GCSE English and Mathematics (grade 5 or above). Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.
  • Relevant industrial experience in the construction sector, with GCSE English and Maths (grade 5 or above – C+ on the older GCSEs). Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Construction Principles (Double Size Unit)
  • Construction Design (Double Size Unit)
  • Tendering and Estimating (Double Size Unit)
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Measurement Techniques in Construction
  • Further Mathematics
  • Work Experience in the Construction Sector
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Site Engineering for Construction
  • Construction in Civil Engineering

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A book list will be provided at the beginning of the academic year and you 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.

What can I do after this course?

This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or Level 5 Civil Engineering qualifications.

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Joe Evans

Joe Evans

Senior manager Joe’s building foundations started at Derby College

A commercial manager with housebuilder Avant Homes says the foundations of his career were laid as a joinery apprentice on day release with Derby College.
Joe Evans, 28, from Belper, now leads a team of 10 and his work covers an area stretching from Chesterfield down to Milton Keynes. Joe joined Avant from Barratt Homes, where he was a senior quantity surveyor, having started there as a joinery apprentice on day release at Derby College.
He switched to the National Certificate in Construction, while working as a trainee quantity surveyor, and went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course. Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, Joe was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded first class honours degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and, he praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.

At the moment, I'm on advanced management programmes with Avant, so I'll see where they lead. My joinery side was the basis of where my construction knowledge began. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.

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