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.
Trainee quantity surveyor Carrie Hallsworth is living proof that it's never too late to train for the career you really want.As well as being a mum to two young children, she holds down a busy job with a property maintenance company and is studying hard for a foundation degree in quantity surveying at Derby College.Carrie, who is 33 and from Heanor, intended to go into higher education straight after school but instead went out to work and got used to drawing a regular income.She worked in offices, at a supermarket and for a building society but none of these jobs was really 'her'.It was only when husband Vaughan, a joiner, suggested she apply for a job in contracts with his employer, CLC Group in Shepshed, that Carrie discovered her true career path.She was taken on as a tenant liaison officer and found she especially liked managing the budgets and controlling the purse strings. So, on return from maternity leave after having her second baby, she asked CLC Group if she could train as a quantity surveyor.Carrie is now in her second year of the part-time course and plans to go to Nottingham Trent University and gain her full degree once she's finished her foundation degree next year.Carrie said:
I was really nervous at first about going back to college in my thirties, but the lecturers were great – very supportive. I'm one of three female students out of a group of 14 on my course – and I'm quite a bit older than the others – but I haven't found any issues with being a woman in construction.