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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a two-year programme designed for those interested in pursuing a career in Civil and Site Engineering.

You will be studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma over the two years - under 17s will complete a Foundation Diploma in the first year. You will also participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy, which has strong links with and support from numerous local construction companies.

The course is structured so that students who are lucky enough to obtain an apprenticeship partway through their studies can easily transfer to our part-time apprenticeship programme. This can sometimes happen while students are completing internships with employers via our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and to demonstrate a keen interest in professional construction. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need one of the following:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Mathematics (grade 5 or above), and Science. Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.
  • An Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard, with GCSE English and Mathematics (grade 5 or above). Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.
  • Relevant industrial experience in the construction sector, with GCSE English and Maths (grade 5 or above – C+ on the older GCSEs). Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Construction Principles (Double Size Unit)
  • Construction Design (Double Size Unit)
  • Tendering and Estimating (Double Size Unit)
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Building Regulations and Control in Construction
  • Management of a Construction Project
  • Building Surveying in Construction
  • Measurement Techniques in Construction
  • Further Mathematics
  • Work Experience in the Construction Sector
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Site Engineering for Construction
  • Construction in Civil Engineering

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A book list will be provided at the beginning of the academic year and you 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.

What can I do after this course?

This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or Level 5 Civil Engineering qualifications.

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Suzanne Butler

Suzanne Butler

Award winner Suzanne has designs on a career in architecture

Former Derby College Peak Award-winner Suzanne Butler is half way to an honours degree as she builds a career as an architect. Twenty-year-old Suzanne is currently an architectural technician with Derby-based Morrison Design. She is also in the third year of a six-year part-time BA Honours degree course in Architecture at the University of Lincoln. As a Derby College student, she managed to complete both years of her Professional Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma in just 12 months. And in recognition of her achievement – she also gained three distinction stars – Suzanne was named Construction Learner of the Year and Learner of the Year at the college’s Peak Awards. The teenager had previously landed an apprenticeship through Derby College with Derby-based Morrison Design and had been studying, part-time, for a construction diploma. But to ensure she had enough UCAS points to allow her to go to university, she dropped the apprenticeship and switched to the full-time course. Suzanne wrapped up the course in 12 months, while she worked with Morrison.

I did Year One and Year Two in the same year and I enjoyed the course very much. I just got it done.


It was very good for me – it got me into work and put me on the right path for my career, to eventually become an architect.


The lecturers were very helpful. They’ve come from the industry and they have the practical knowledge to support when the learners need assistance.


In the future I’d like to go on to take a Masters which is the second part of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) qualifications which I need.

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