If you are employed as a technician or in management, contracting or design in the civil engineering sector within the construction and the built environment industry, 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 civil engineering, the ICE.
It will help you on your way to one of the many varied professional careers in construction, including management, civil engineering, architecture, design, quantity surveying, building surveying and land surveying.
On completion of the programme, you will have gained significant sector skills knowledge and competence so that you are well placed to undertake middle to senior management responsibilities.
Working in the industry and studying at the same time will require you to have good time management and organisational skills. However, it will also 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.
You should be employed in the building services industry and hold at least one the following:
You will need to complete eight units from the above suite, with seven mandatory units and one optional unit which will offered based on what the student group demands.
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.
You will undertake technical assignments where you will be offered the opportunity to solve technical problems closely aligned with civil engineering and construction scenarios, giving you the chance to learn and demonstrate your knowledge. Alongside the technical assignments, you will undertake professional presentations, course work and projects both individually and as part of a team.
You will have access to staff who have experience of the industry and who boast particular specialisms as well as a broad knowledge of the construction industry. 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.
You could progress to a HND or to a BSc/BEng degree in a related construction discipline, building on the broad knowledge base you have gained from your two years of study.
We would encourage you to join the ICE at student membership level.
A commercial manager with housebuilder Avant Homes says the foundations of his career were laid as a joinery apprentice on day release with Derby College.
Joe Evans, 28, from Belper, now leads a team of 10 and his work covers an area stretching from Chesterfield down to Milton Keynes. Joe joined Avant from Barratt Homes, where he was a senior quantity surveyor, having started there as a joinery apprentice on day release at Derby College.
He switched to the National Certificate in Construction, while working as a trainee quantity surveyor, and went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course. Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, Joe was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded first class honours degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and, he praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future.
At the moment, I'm on advanced management programmes with Avant, so I'll see where they lead. My joinery side was the basis of where my construction knowledge began. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.