This course is designed to support the transition to the new T-Level in Professional Construction starting in September 2020 - with the support of a single GCSE resit in either Maths or English.
Focussing on the management, planning and design roles within the construction industry, this course will also include work experience and vibrant guest lectures from local industry specialists.
You need GCSE Maths or English at grade 4/C or higher. For the GCSE resit in Maths or English, a grade 3/D is needed.
To support your progression in this programme, further GCSE grades of 4/C or higher in Physics, Chemistry, Combined Sciences and Product Design - or equivalent qualifications - would be advantageous.
The qualification consists of four mandatory units and six optional units, all themed towards working in management and design roles in the construction sector. The topics you will be studying are:
Assessment will consist of two external assessments and a series of unitised internally set assessments.
You may 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.
Successful completion of this course and the necessary GCSEs will allow you to progress to the new Level 3 Technical Level (T-Level) in Professional Construction. These are new from September 2020 and are equivalent to three A-Levels. More information about these new pathways can be found here:
Alternatively, with employment, progression to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment would also be possible.
Award-winning trainee quantity surveyor Matthew Hitchcock said his Derby College studies and workplace training complemented each other "perfectly" to launch his career.
West Hallam teenager Matthew enjoyed studying maths and product design at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.
He had an idea even then that he might go into quantity surveying, and periods spent on work experience with construction company Bowmer & Kirkland, and its subsidiary, Keyclad, reinforced the plan.
When Matthew left school with good grades, he landed an apprenticeship with Keyclad at Heage, where he had already forged some links.
His line managers encouraged him to take the Derby College BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment.
Matthew said he was excited by the course – saying it provided a broad overview of its subject matter and it "really helped him".
Matthew studied in college for a day-and a-half-a week for two years, completing the extended course with three distinction stars and he was named apprentice of the Year at the College's Peak Awards.
Now, through Keyclad, he is studying one day a week at Nottingham Trent University for a Bachelor of science degree. After that he is planning to gain his RICS qualifications to become a chartered surveyor.
I think the diversity of the college course really helped me, because we learnt about design, as well as measurement and project management. It was quite varied and you got a good overview.
I learnt things at college that I couldn't learn at work. On the other hand, I learned a lot of things at work which transferred into my college essays, studies, and also helped my input into the classes. It came together perfectly. I felt lucky to have the support of such professional lecturers.
One of the best things was working with various students, because a lot of us work in different industries. The students all had different ideas and we brought them all together.