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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 8583.00****

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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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Suzanne Butler

Suzanne Butler

Award winner Suzanne has designs on a career in architecture

Former Derby College Peak Award-winner Suzanne Butler is half way to an honours degree as she builds a career as an architect. Twenty-year-old Suzanne is currently an architectural technician with Derby-based Morrison Design. She is also in the third year of a six-year part-time BA Honours degree course in Architecture at the University of Lincoln. As a Derby College student, she managed to complete both years of her Professional Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma in just 12 months. And in recognition of her achievement – she also gained three distinction stars – Suzanne was named Construction Learner of the Year and Learner of the Year at the college’s Peak Awards. The teenager had previously landed an apprenticeship through Derby College with Derby-based Morrison Design and had been studying, part-time, for a construction diploma. But to ensure she had enough UCAS points to allow her to go to university, she dropped the apprenticeship and switched to the full-time course. Suzanne wrapped up the course in 12 months, while she worked with Morrison.

I did Year One and Year Two in the same year and I enjoyed the course very much. I just got it done.


It was very good for me – it got me into work and put me on the right path for my career, to eventually become an architect.


The lecturers were very helpful. They’ve come from the industry and they have the practical knowledge to support when the learners need assistance.


In the future I’d like to go on to take a Masters which is the second part of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) qualifications which I need.

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