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.
Teenager Luke Green admits he had no idea “whatsoever” about his future career before he switched from sixth form to Derby College.
Now he has his sights set on gaining a higher apprenticeship as he works towards life as a quantity surveyor. Gaining a place at College was a weight off his mind.
Luke, 18, has gained three Distinction *s in the first year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Construction in the Built Environment.
Previously, he had been studying A Level maths, economics and psychology at school. He did not enjoy it and he could not see where it was leading.
Luke wanted to find a new direction and his careers teacher pointed out a Derby College professional construction course which might appeal to him. He went to an open day and liked what he saw.
Luke finds his lecturers supportive and he really enjoys having a tangible career target to aim for.
As part of his course, Luke is also gaining valuable work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland at Heage, where his attitude to work has impressed his mentor Emma Hibbert.
Quantity surveyor Emma said: “Luke is keen to learn and mixes well with the team in the office.
“We give him a varied set of tasks to do to enable him to understand what a QS does on a daily basis to help his understanding of the role.
“Luke has good attention to detail and is thorough in the tasks he is given to do, he asks questions when he is unsure of something and his time- keeping is also very good.
“Taking on Derby College students like Luke allows our business to see what the student’s work ethic is like. It also allows the student to find out more about the role, which means they have a better understanding of what they are coming to do. It helps them realise, before they start work, if the role is right for them.”
When I was accepted, it was a weight of my mind because I knew I didn’t want to do the sixth form, and I wanted to know what I was going to do in the next academic year. I went for the course because it’s a nice mixture of on-site and off-site office work and you get multiple options for your career. I want to go on to a higher apprenticeship and then become a quantity surveyor.