The Diploma in Groundworks is a level 2 qualification that is delivered at the Hudson Building Campus. The course is a practical based program, with an element of theory work, covering all aspects of essential building site operations. Due to the nature of this industry, most of the practical work is delivered outside, regardless of the weather conditions. In addition, there is the chance of gaining some real on-site work experience with one of our academy employers.
Minimum of a Grade 3 in English and maths and able to achieve Entry level 3 on the BKSB screening assessment, conducted by the college during an interview session.
This course consists of both practical and theory training, covering the Groundwork operations of a construction site. This will include work in relation to: Foundations, Drainage, Roadworks, Brickwork and many other aspects of this construction trade.
Assessment are conducted by a range of multi choice, paper-based questions. In addition, there are 2 online exams and a work book of practical assessments to complete. All assessments are graded from Pass, Merit and Distinction. Tutorial support is available throughout.
A full set of PPE is required consisting of boots and a Hi vis jacket.
Progression onto an Apprenticeship or further study in a Brickwork discipline.
Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level. His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations.
Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category
Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category
Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final
I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.