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Level: 4

Location: Distance Learning

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 8.00

Start: 09/09/2019

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

Tuition (£): 3000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are employed in the building/construction sector within the construction and the built environment industry operating as a technician, management or design and seeking to move your career forward whilst in the industry, this two year course is ideal for you.

The HNC is an established qualification and is recognised by industry professionals and the professional bodies in the case of construction, CIOB.
Construction engineers play a key role in the architecture of a building project having significant influence in energy demands and sustainability of a building.

While working in the industry and studying at the same time will require you to have good time management and organisational skills but should offer the opportunity to utilise the skills you have learned in your professional practice by looking at problem-based learning. Your own industrial practice would be welcomed to promote experiential learning and peer support throughout the course.

Entry requirements

You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Construction and The Built Environment
  •  A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  •  An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above

Course Content

Year one:

  • Construction technology.
  • Science and materials.
  • Construction practice and management.
  • Legal and statutory responsibilities in construction. 

Year two:

  • Construction information (drawing, detailing and specification).
  • Individual project.
  • Surveying, measurement and setting out.
  • Building information modelling.

You will need to complete 8 units from the above suite of units with seven mandatory units and one of the optional units which will offered from the demand of the group.

How is the course delivered?

You will be taught on a blended delivery model where you will attend college on alternate weeks (first week in college the next working independently and with autonomy) each month over two semester per academic year undertaking two units per semester.

You will have access to your tutors via email and through online learning platforms offering you additional support to give everyone equal opportunities to develop your skills and achieve your full potential.  

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake technical assignments where you will be offered the opportunity to solve technical problems closely aligned with industrial, commercial and domestic building and construction scenarios offering you the chance to learn and demonstrate your knowledge. Along side the technical assignments you will undertake professional presentations, course work and project individually and as part of a team.

You will have access to industrial competent staff who have experience of the industry with particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of the construction industry delivered in our purpose built HE centre with access to industry standard software (Auto desk, Microsoft project) and online resources.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

  • Drawing equipment such as A3 drawing board, 30-60 and 45 degree set squares, scale rule and 0.5 mechanic pencil would be advantageous but not essential.
  • For voice-over PowerPoint presentations you will need access to a microphone.  Access to video recording equipment such as a SMART phone will also be advantageous. 
  • Computer with internet access (with the ability to run AutoCAD Architecture which can be downloaded for free)
  • Windows 7 Operating System and above
  • Microsoft Office 2010 and above


More information will be provided regarding the above at interview.   

What can I do after this course?

You could progress onto an HND or onto a BSc/Eng degree in a related construction discipline taking with you a broad knowledge base from your two years of study.

We would encourage you to become a member of CIOB at student membership level. 

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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

Ethan Gaunt

Ethan Gaunt

Work experience led straight to a job for design technician Ethan

Valuable work experience gained on his Derby College Professional Construction course has led teenager Ethan Gaunt straight to his ideal job.
The 18-year-old form Alvaston is now employed full-time as a junior technician with Pride Park-based engineering design consultants Jackson Purdue Lever.
Ethan is one of several students in recent years to be taken on by the firm, which offers students work experience as part of its involvement with Derby College Employment and Skills Academy.
He completed the Level 3 extended diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Derby College in summer 2018, gaining a triple distinction*.
Ethan’s mentor and Jackson Purdue Lever director, Stuart Lever, is pleased with Ethan’s progress.
He said: “I interviewed Ethan and was impressed with him right from our first meeting. He is very capable so we need to give him work that challenges him.
“We value our links with Derby College. We’re been working with the careers academy for five years and we’ve kept on everyone who has come to us for work experience. It’s an arrangement that works so well that we’re taking on another two students on work experience from Ethan’s course in the next few weeks.”

The course content was interesting, but I think one of the best things about Derby College is its links with industry. “Through the Academy I got the chance of 12 weeks’ work experience with Jackson Purdue Lever. It went well and in the second year of my diploma I spent one day a week with the firm.


The company took me on as a junior technician straight from college.


I was fortunate as I didn’t have to go through the usual process of applying for jobs and formal interviews as the directors had already known me for nearly two years.

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