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.
Former apprentice plumber Dean Wain has his sights set on becoming an architect after Derby College lecturers helped him change career direction. Dean, 22, had seen architects on site and decided he would explore going down that professional route by seeking expert advice.
Lecturers helped him to get on a Professional Construction and the Built Environment course, and later encouraged him to apply when city-based architect Morrison Design was looking for apprentices.
Dean landed an Architectural Technician Trainee job, an apprentice role, and has also transferred to Derby College's Professional Construction and the Built Environment Level 3 Extended Diploma. His long-term is aims to go on take Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) qualifications.
I really love it. I just look forward to coming to work; I don’t have that Monday morning feeling. I enjoy it here and I’d recommend anybody who gets the chance to become an apprentice to take it.