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