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.
Peak Award-winning teenager Suzanne Butler has bold designs on a future career as an architect, after studying Professional Construction at Derby College.
Eighteen-year-old Suzanne managed to complete both years of Derby College's 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 Morrison Design Ltd 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 Design.
Now Suzanne, an architectural technician trainee, is studying part-time for a BA Honours degree in Architecture at Lincoln University. She said she never expected to land the Peak Awards but was proud of her achievements and her family were delighted.
I did Year One and Year Two in the same year and I enjoyed the course very much. I just got it done.
The college 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.