This is an established and dynamic higher education programme validated by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It has been specifically designed to equip graduates with the skills and attributes to enable them to progress within their chosen careers in either Construction Management or Quantity Surveying to a more senior level.
This validated Derby College programme offers an articulated route to the NTU BSc (Hons) Construction Management and BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying for successful applicants. The course is designed to take specific advantage of the candidate's professional construction work experience, work-based knowledge and working environment.
The course is delivered on a part-time, day release basis by experienced construction professionals and specialists who develop the right attitudes, aptitude, knowledge and skills needed to be successful within the professional construction sector. The programme consists of 12 mandatory units (four units per year) and is delivered via lectures, workshops and tutorials which are designed to develop high-calibre independent students ready for industry and/or further study at university. There will be up to six hours contact time per day and a significant amount of independent study is expected throughout all three years of the programme.
This programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2016-17 we enrolled nine students onto the programme.
The programme is regulated by HEFCE and takes place one day a week over three years at the Higher Education Centre within the Stephenson Building at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:
You will also need:
Other levels of entry, such as an approved Construction Bridging Programme, will be considered on a merit basis by the Programme Co-ordinator.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications but have significant and relevant professional construction industrial experience. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods: assignments, reports, group and individual presentations, academic poster presentations, phase tests and exams. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable employability skills.
You need drawing equipment, a calculator, text books, portfolios (for assignment submissions), and general stationery supplies. Although it is not a prerequisite, it is helpful for students to have their own laptop/iPad to enable them to meet the required independent study demands.
Students who successfully complete and pass the course will have the opportunity to apply to progress to the part-time Level 5/6 degree programme at NTU in Construction Management or Quantity Surveying and ultimately to gain professional status as members of the CIOB and/or Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). An option to apply to study at Masters level may be available after completion of your BSc (Hons) degree.
The programme will also enhance your career prospects within your chosen profession.
The moment Jamie Wasley sat down to start his sixth form studies, he realised a further two years in the classroom was not for him. He didn’t go back for day two. Instead he got himself an apprenticeship with a local builder and enrolled with Derby College.
Now, aged 27, Jamie is an award winning former bricklayer, a buildings inspector, and he is poised to become a chartered surveyor. He has special praise for Derby College which supported him when he began to fall behind while halfway through his Level 3 Construction Diploma.
There were good reasons. Jamie suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack and underwent three months of painful treatment. As part of Level 3, apprentices are required to show a range of brickwork skills by making separate pieces over a period of time, and he was struggling to get them done. But his lecturers helped him design one “masterpiece” which he built featuring all the aspects he needed – an arch, a chimney stack, a curved wall, stilts and more.
He said the staff were “brilliant” and helped him through the dark times. Jamie went from strength-to-strength, winning both the College’s and the East Midlands’ SkillBuild competitions, before finishing third in the World Championship SkillBuild event in Birmingham. And because of his commitment, he was awarded a £1,000 Bowmer and Kirkland Bursary by the College.
Jamie passed his Level 2 and 3 construction diplomas with distinctions and in parallel took his Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations and Level 3 NVQ Brickwork (Advanced Craft). Having worked with a local builder, Jamie was head hunted by building surveyors JHAI Ltd where he is now a buildings inspector and 18 months away from qualifying as a chartered surveyor.
He intends to “get as good as I can be” and perhaps specialise. He is also considering going on to become a college lecturer to support teenagers who have practical rather than academic strengths.
"At college you learn the skills and intricate details you need, especially on Level 3.
"The biggest thing I found is it gives you a place to practise. When you get to site it's not practice, you're building and it's staying up. You've got to stand back and be happy with it.
"The big thing about college was the lecturers were brilliant, "not "yes, sir", "no sir." They taught you stuff you needed to know.
"You notice yourself becoming more useful at work. You learn something and then you can apply it."