This course is directed towards candidates who wish to work within the construction, civil engineering, building services and property industries at a technical level. It smooths progression to the main Level 3 T Level programme upon successful completion and it supports a single GCSE resit in either Maths or English.
The emphasis of the course is on developing an all-round construction industry knowledge and practical skills base in preparation for undertaking the T Level programme. This will take the form of group and/or individual project work, with a Level 3 “extended project” qualification.
This single year programme is designed to blend in naturally with the larger T Level programme and can be considered to be the 1st year of a three-year programme, although it is flexible enough that candidates are under no obligation to continue if they decide this career path is not for them.
The programme also incorporates the GCSE resit year in either English or Maths, with the intention of bringing grades up to a 5, which will be vital if you wish to continue to the larger T Level itself.
You will also participate in tutorial sessions and the Professional Construction Employment and Skills Board which has strong links and support from numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services and structural engineers.
Candidates will be assessed throughout the course on all the skills necessary for progression to the main T Level programme.
For more information on the T Level, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a professional construction role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
GCSE grade 5 (higher C) in either English or Maths
GCSE grade 5 (higher C) in a Science subject
In addition to the above, a minimum of three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above.
Maths and English are critical elements of this programme and are embedded in the T Level. Those accepted on the course will have to undertake the additional GCSE Maths or English in order to attain a minimum grade 5 (higher C) in order to progress to the full T Level programme.
The course uses various assessment methods including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests, along with other assessed outcomes including behaviour, attendance, punctuality, professional attitude and so on.
There will also be standard GCSE assessment methods for that element of the course.
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 in a professional manner. (Information on the uniform shirt will be provided at induction.)
This course provides you with the qualifications to progress to the full T Level Construction core year or a Level 3 apprenticeship (subject to the candidate finding employment with a suitable company).
Alternatively candidates could progress to another Level 3 programme, including other T Levels.
Teenager Luke Green admits he had no idea “whatsoever” about his future career before he switched from sixth form to Derby College.
Now he has his sights set on gaining a higher apprenticeship as he works towards life as a quantity surveyor. Gaining a place at College was a weight off his mind.
Luke, 18, has gained three Distinction *s in the first year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Construction in the Built Environment. Previously, he had been studying A Level maths, economics and psychology at school.
He did not enjoy it and he could not see where it was leading. Luke wanted to find a new direction and his careers teacher pointed out a Derby College professional construction course which might appeal to him.
He went to an open day and liked what he saw. Luke finds his lecturers supportive and he really enjoys having a tangible career target to aim for.
As part of his course, Luke is also gaining valuable work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland at Heage, where his attitude to work has impressed his mentor Emma Hibbert. Quantity surveyor Emma said: “Luke is keen to learn and mixes well with the team in the office.
“We give him a varied set of tasks to do to enable him to understand what a QS does on a daily basis to help his understanding of the role. “Luke has good attention to detail and is thorough in the tasks he is given to do, he asks questions when he is unsure of something and his time- keeping is also very good.
“Taking on Derby College students like Luke allows our business to see what the student’s work ethic is like. It also allows the student to find out more about the role, which means they have a better understanding of what they are coming to do. It helps them realise, before they start work, if the role is right for them.”
When I was accepted, it was a weight of my mind because I knew I didn’t want to do the sixth form, and I wanted to know what I was going to do in the next academic year. I went for the course because it’s a nice mixture of on-site and off-site office work and you get multiple options for your career. I want to go on to a higher apprenticeship and then become a quantity surveyor.