If you are employed in the building/construction sector within the construction and the built environment industry, operating as a technician, in management or in design, and are 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, the CIOB.
Construction engineers play a key role in the architecture of a building project, having significant influence in 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. We welcome the use of your own industrial practice 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:
If you are a mature student, we could take into account your relevant experience and/or qualifications within the building/construction sector.
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 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 develop your skills and achieve your full potential.
You will need to complete eight units from the above suite of units, with seven mandatory units and one of the optional units which will be offered based on the demands of the group.
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 industrially competent staff who have experience of the industry and who have 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 (Auto desk, Microsoft project) and online resources.
More information will be provided regarding the above at interview.
You could progress to an HND or to 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 the CIOB at student membership level.
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.