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.
Teenager Lewis Cottle says switching direction to an apprenticeship course is helping to "set me up for life".
Seventeen-year-old Lewis was one of two applicants chosen by Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings to be taken on to work in its maintenance team.
Lewis, who lives in Ilkeston, said he was impressed by a presentation by the company at college. He decided to apply so he could learn a variety of trades.
Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said Lewis's application was one of those which stood out and he was one of two candidates taken on.
Lewis has now switched from a Level 1 Brickwork course to study towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance. He is studying one day a week at college and learning the ropes with Belfield on the remaining four working days.
Richard Newby, Belfield's HSE and maintenance manager said the company's aim was to "invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul." He added: "We're pleased to have them on board."
At college the teachers show you the easiest and best ways to do a job. They really help if you are struggling with something.
I like the job because it's actually doing something real. If you do it, like a factory floor, it's here for the next 30 years or more. It's an achievement.
It's great having some money coming in to save up. I can manage my money better to help set me up in life.