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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 3

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 12/09/2019

Days / Times: Tuesday 09:00 to 16:00

Tuition (£): 4000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:

  • A minimum of 64 UCAS points in science-related qualifications or a Level 3 professional construction related qualification
  • To be in relevant full-time employment within the professional construction sector in a role which is directly related to either Construction Management or Commercial/Professional Quantity Surveying.

You will also need:

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) to include English and Maths 

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.

Course Content

Modules are:

  • Construction Technology 1 and 2
  • Construction Management Practice
  • Construction Industry Management Studies
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Work-based Projects 1, 2 and 3
  • Professional Skills
  • Sustainable Technology
  • Contract Law
  • Law and Health & Safety

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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. 

What can I do after this course?

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.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Hannah Mountford

Hannah Mountford

Derby College course comes to architectural consultancy’s rescue

A highly commended former Derby College apprentice is starting university and building towards a career as an architectural technologist.
Twenty-year-old Hannah Mountford said the coursework at college suited her learning style and the Roundhouse environment boosted her confidence.
Hannah took a Level 3 BTEC and Level 3 NVQ in Construction and the Built Environment as part of her apprenticeship at an architectural consultancy, in her hometown of Leek, in Staffordshire.
Not only did she pass with a double distinction*, she was also highly commended as a second year student in the college's Peak Awards.
Hannah's Peak Award citation praised her work as being at "a level far in advance of that expected for a second year apprentice – completing some outstanding designs and plans."
Her distinction *s provided a strong basis to help land a place at the University of Derby, where she will study architectural technology part-time from this month (SEPTEMBER).
A trainee architectural technician, Hannah now works at Hewitt & Carr Architects, in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

Doing my A-Levels, I got top marks for ICT but I wasn't that happy with my English Literature, because I made mistakes in the exam. I'm not so good at exams but my BTEC was all course work, so I was much happier with that. College helped me a lot. I enjoyed it and it helped my confidence.


As I achieved a double distinction* at college, I've been accepted into the University of Derby to study architectural technology, on day release, alongside my work. In the future, when I graduate, I'm aiming to be a qualified architectural technologist and progress to become TCIAT/MCIAT industry qualified.


I'd like to continue in the same practice, though. I'm happy where I am.

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