This course is directed towards candidates who wish to work within the construction, civil engineering and property industries at a technical level. It allows progression to a Level 3 T Level, with the support of a single GCSE resit in either Maths or English.
The emphasis of the course is on developing an all-round knowledge and practical base, together with an understanding of the roles people undertake within construction. This may include architecture, housing, planning, land or general practice surveying, quantity surveying, estimating, site technician or supervisory roles, and building surveying or control.
Upon successfully completing and meeting all the criteria, including minimum academic and professional behaviour expectations, you will achieve a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at the end of the year.
You will also participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Board, which has strong links and support from numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services firms and structural engineers.
For more information on the T Level, please visit:
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a professional construction career. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
Maths and English are critical elements of this programme, embedded in many of the units taken, and those accepted on the course will have to undertake additional GCSE Maths or English in order to attain a minimum grade 5 (higher C) in order to progress to the T Level.
The course uses various assessment methods including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other externally assessed modules (exams).
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.
We have a dress code of a uniform shirt (with the Derby College Group Professional Construction logo), smart trousers/skirt, and sensible work shoes (not trainers). This is to enable the student to dress as they would in the work environment. (Information on the uniform shirt will be provided at induction.)
Successful completion of this course and the necessary GCSEs will allow you to progress to the new Level 3 Technical Level (T Level) in Professional Construction. These are new from September 2020 and are equivalent to three A-levels. More information about these new pathways can be found here:
Alternatively, with employment, progression to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment would also be possible.
A chance remark from his grandmother in Hong Kong gave Derby teenager Joyin Li the idea of becoming a building surveyor. Derby College is now giving the nineteen-year-old Professional Construction student the skills and access to work experience to follow his dream. As a boy Joyin enjoyed watching flats being built on his grandparents’ land when his family visited them in Hong Kong. His grandmother commented that there was good money in building surveying…and her words stuck.
Now he is studying Level 3 Professional Construction while enjoying work experience two days a week with Pride Park-based architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon. The consultancy is a member of Derby College’s Employment and Skills Academy (ESA), which aims to nurture students as they move from education to employment. He said, overall, the best part for him is the work experience saying “I learn a lot better, if I see it, rather than read it from a book.” J
oyin gained a triple distinction in year one and is currently studying in year two. Now he has targeted a place at Nottingham Trent University. He originally completed a Mechanical and Electrical BTEC Level 2 at Derby College before taking Professional Construction on the recommendation of a lecturer and fellow student.
I’m enjoying the course.
It’s set up a bit like university; they give you the resources and tell you what to look at, tell you what you need to know to pass an assignment, and let you get on with it. It will give you skills to progress at university. “I’m learning about architectural stuff, quantity surveying, building surveying building services, and engineering – all sorts of roles within Professional Construction. You get an insight into everything and get to pick what you want to do from there.