This one-year course is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in civil or structural engineering.
You will participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy which has outstanding links with and support from numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services and structural engineers.
The course is structured so that students who obtain an apprenticeship part-way through can easily transfer to our part-time apprenticeship programme with minimal fuss. This can sometimes happen whilst students are completing internships with employers via our Employment and Skills Academy.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a professional civil engineering role. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need one of the following:
The modules in this 90-credit Diploma have been purposely selected for this pathway:
The course uses various assessment methods, including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other methods. Unlike many other programmes at this level, the course utilises ‘problem-based learning’ teaching methods which create a student-focused learning environment.
You will need to purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for site visits and technical drawing equipment. The purchase of appropriate books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our Employment and Skills Academy activities.
With successful achievement of the Level 3 90-credit Diploma at the required grades, you can progress to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering is also possible.
Apprentice surveyor Nigel Duffus says Derby College is providing the vital skill base he needs to help fulfil his career dreams. Nigel, 22, is in the second year of his Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment, and third year of four as an apprentice with property management company Derby Homes. He said the course was laying foundations to help him decide which area of property surveying, and possibly in the long-term architecture, he would like to specialise in. Nigel said the college course gave him a broad view of surveying while the workplace provided skills specific to his workplace.
The college is very learner-friendly – you get access to all the support and facilities you need to help reach your goals.
I'd like to progress onto a level four and go as far as I can on the academic side, as a foundation for a long-term career.