This one-year course is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in architecture, building or quantity surveying, site management, construction project management, site engineering, estimating or buying.
You will participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy which has outstanding links with - and support from - numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services and structural engineers.
The course is structured so that students who obtain an apprenticeship part-way through can easily transfer to our part-time apprenticeship programme with minimal fuss. This can sometimes happen whilst students are completing internships with employers via our Employment and Skills Academy.
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 one of the following:
Maths is a critical element of this programme and is embedded in many of the units taken. 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.
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.
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 an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment is also possible.
Former apprentice plumber Dean Wain has his sights set on becoming an architect after Derby College lecturers helped him change career direction. Dean, 22, had seen architects on site and decided he would explore going down that professional route by seeking expert advice.
Lecturers helped him to get on a Professional Construction and the Built Environment course, and later encouraged him to apply when city-based architect Morrison Design was looking for apprentices.
Dean landed an Architectural Technician Trainee job, an apprentice role, and has also transferred to Derby College's Professional Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Extended Diploma. His long-term is aims to go on take Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) qualifications.
I really love it. I just look forward to coming to work; I don’t have that Monday morning feeling. I enjoy it here and I’d recommend anybody who gets the chance to become an apprentice to take it.