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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

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Course Summary

If you have already achieved the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Civil Engineering, this one-year top-up course continues your studies so that you can complete the full Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A-levels. It 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

Entry requirements for this course are:

  • BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, Maths and Science - preferably at grade 5 or above.

Course Content

The modules in the Extended Diploma have been purposely selected for this pathway to supplement the 90-credit Diploma and include:

  • Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Project Management in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Structural Mechanics in Construction and Civil Engineering
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Project in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Highway Construction and Maintenance in Civil Engineering
  • Measurement Techniques in Construction
  • Personal and Professional Development in the Built Environment

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?

This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or 5 Construction qualification.

Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment is also possible.

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Maddie Kirkman

Maddie Kirkman

Career as quantity surveyor inspires apprentice Maddie

School holidays helping her dad’s business helped fire teenager Maddie Kirkman’s dream of a career in construction. Maddie, completed the Level 3 BTEC in Professional Construction and the Built Environment at Derby College, whilst working as an apprentice at G F Tominson. She is now studying the Foundation Degree in Construction Management at Derby College and has celenrated her third year at G F Tomlinson. She first got interested in building when she helped her dad – on site and in the office – at his mechanical and electrical company. Maddie plans to use her BTEC and Foundation Degree as a stepping stone towards a full degree in quantity surveying.

There aren’t that many women in construction but a lot of work is underway to get more trainees in. I think it’s changing gradually – I hope so, I think women have a natural eye for detail.

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