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.
You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:
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.
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.
More information will be provided regarding the above at interview.
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.
The moment Jamie Wasley sat down to start his sixth form studies, he realised a further two years in the classroom was not for him. He didn’t go back for day two. Instead he got himself an apprenticeship with a local builder and enrolled with Derby College.
Now, aged 27, Jamie is an award winning former bricklayer, a buildings inspector, and he is poised to become a chartered surveyor. He has special praise for Derby College which supported him when he began to fall behind while halfway through his Level 3 Construction Diploma.
There were good reasons. Jamie suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack and underwent three months of painful treatment. As part of Level 3, apprentices are required to show a range of brickwork skills by making separate pieces over a period of time, and he was struggling to get them done. But his lecturers helped him design one “masterpiece” which he built featuring all the aspects he needed – an arch, a chimney stack, a curved wall, stilts and more.
He said the staff were “brilliant” and helped him through the dark times. Jamie went from strength-to-strength, winning both the College’s and the East Midlands’ SkillBuild competitions, before finishing third in the World Championship SkillBuild event in Birmingham. And because of his commitment, he was awarded a £1,000 Bowmer and Kirkland Bursary by the College.
Jamie passed his Level 2 and 3 construction diplomas with distinctions and in parallel took his Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations and Level 3 NVQ Brickwork (Advanced Craft). Having worked with a local builder, Jamie was head hunted by building surveyors JHAI Ltd where he is now a buildings inspector and 18 months away from qualifying as a chartered surveyor.
He intends to “get as good as I can be” and perhaps specialise. He is also considering going on to become a college lecturer to support teenagers who have practical rather than academic strengths.
"At college you learn the skills and intricate details you need, especially on Level 3.
"The biggest thing I found is it gives you a place to practise. When you get to site it's not practice, you're building and it's staying up. You've got to stand back and be happy with it.
"The big thing about college was the lecturers were brilliant, "not "yes, sir", "no sir." They taught you stuff you needed to know.
"You notice yourself becoming more useful at work. You learn something and then you can apply it."