This one-year course is designed for those progressing from a Level 2 qualification in a building trade who are interested in pursuing a career in site supervision and site management within the construction industry.
It has been designed to give you an insight into how construction sites are planned and managed, the regulations impacting this, and the working relationships across different trades and services. This is intended to support your progression into a supervisory role in the construction sector or provide you with the skills and knowledge to effectively manage your own construction business.
You will also work closely alongside the Professional Construction department and participate in relevant work experience with support from our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy which has outstanding links with numerous local construction companies, including site contractors, architects, building services and structural engineers.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a supervisory construction role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and a successful interview.
You will have ideally achieved BOTH Maths and English GCSE at grade 4 or above and a full Level 2 qualification in a construction trade.
The option to resit GCSE English would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Maths, however, is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in many of the units taken so you will need to be able to demonstrate a GCSE grade 4 or higher without exception. Those accepted on the course with grade C in Maths must be able to demonstrate this came from the 'higher' paper.
The modules in the 90-credit Diploma have been purposely selected for this pathway:
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.
With successful achievement of the Level 3 90-credit Diploma at the required grades, you can progress to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment is also possible, as is the CIOB Level 4 Certificate in Construction Site Management.
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.