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.
Teenager Isaac Fowler says Derby College is providing focus and freedom as he builds towards a career as a quantity surveyor.
Seventeen-year-old Isaac, from Belper, decided to take a BTEC Level 3 in Professional Construction when he realised life in the sixth form was not for him.
Now he is completing his course part-time after being taken on as an apprentice with builder GF Tomlinson following a work placement with the business.
Isaac is aiming to go on to take a Derby College foundation course, and then a degree with Derby University, while he gains more experience with GF Tomlinson.
His long-term dream is to qualify as a quantity surveyor and run his own business.
I'm enjoying college; you have more freedom than at school and the lessons are aimed at what I want to do for my future. The lecturers have both come from construction and they really know what they are talking about.