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Level: 4

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 8.00

Start: 07/09/2020

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 3500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are employed in the building/construction sector - and operating as a technician, in a management or in a design role -  this two-year course is an ideal way to move your career forward.

The HNC is an established qualification and is recognised by industry professionals and the professional bodies - in the case of construction, the CIOB.


Construction engineers play a key role in the architecture of a building project, having significant influence in addressing the 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, it should offer you the opportunity to utilise the skills you have learned in your professional practice by looking at problem-based learning. Your own industrial practice is a welcome asset 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 of 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 the 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 eight units from the above suite, with seven mandatory units and one optional unit which will be offered based on the demand of the group.

How is the course delivered?

You will attend College one day a week over two semesters per academic year. You will undertake 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 their skills and achieve their 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. Alongside the technical assignments, you will undertake professional presentations, course work and projects individually and as part of a team.

You will have access to industry-competent staff who have experience of the sector with particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of  construction. The course is delivered in our purpose built HE centre with access to industry-standard software such as Autodesk and Microsoft Project as well as online resources.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

  • Drawing equipment such as an 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 to an HND or 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 join the 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

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Matthew Hitchcock

Matthew Hitchcock

Peak Award winner Matthew on course to become quantity surveyor

Award-winning trainee quantity surveyor Matthew Hitchcock said his Derby College studies and workplace training complemented each other "perfectly" to launch his career.
West Hallam teenager Matthew enjoyed studying maths and product design at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.
He had an idea even then that he might go into quantity surveying, and periods spent on work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland, and its subsidiary, Keyclad, reinforced the plan.
When Matthew left school with good grades, he landed an apprenticeship with Keyclad at Heage, where he had already forged some links.
His line managers encouraged him to take the Derby College BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment.
Matthew said he was excited by the course – saying it provided a broad overview of its subject matter and it "really helped him".
Matthew studied in college for a day-and a-half-a week for two years, completing the extended course with three distinction stars and he was named apprentice of the Year at the College's Peak Awards.
Now, through Keyclad, he is studying one day a week at Nottingham Trent University for a Bachelor of science degree. After that he is planning to gain his RICS qualifications to become a chartered surveyor.

I think the diversity of the college course really helped me, because we learnt about design, as well as measurement and project management. It was quite varied and you got a good overview.



I learnt things at college that I couldn't learn at work. On the other hand, I learned a lot of things at work which transferred into my college essays, studies, and also helped my input into the classes. It came together perfectly. I felt lucky to have the support of such professional lecturers.



One of the best things was working with various students, because a lot of us work in different industries. The students all had different ideas and we brought them all together.


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