This is a two-year programme designed for those interested in pursuing a career in architecture, building or quantity surveying, site management, site engineering, estimating or buying.
You will be studying for a BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma over the two years - Under 17s will complete a ‘Foundation Diploma’ in the 1st year - and you will also participate in tutorial sessions and the ‘professional construction employment and skills academy’, which has strong links and support from numerous local construction companies (Contractors, Architects, Building Services, and Structural Engineers etc.).
The course is structured such that students who are lucky enough to obtain an apprenticeship part way through the course can easily transfer onto our part time apprenticeship programme - this can sometimes happen whilst students are completing internships, with employers via the ‘professional construction employment and skills academy’.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in Professional Construction. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
You will study:
The course is assessed through written assignments and/or phase tests. You will be supported with formative feedback leading up to formal assessments to ensure you achieve your highest potential grade. The three double sized units include an external assessment by BTEC.
A book list will be provided at the beginning of the academic year and learners may wish to purchase books as appropriate. You will also need to purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for site visits and technical drawing equipment. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our ‘employment and skills Academy’ activities.
This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or 5 Construction qualification.
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.