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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is directed towards candidates who wish to work within the construction, civil engineering and property industries at a technical level. It allows progression to a Level 3 T Level, with the support of a single GCSE resit in either Maths or English.

The emphasis of the course is on developing an all-round knowledge and practical base, together with an understanding of the roles people undertake within construction. This may include architecture, housing, planning, land or general practice surveying, quantity surveying, estimating, site technician or supervisory roles, and building surveying or control.

Upon successfully completing and meeting all the criteria, including minimum academic and professional behaviour expectations, you will achieve BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at the end of the year.

You will also participate in tutorial sessions and our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Board, which has strong links and support from numerous local construction companies including contractors, architects, building services firms and structural engineers.

For more information on the T Level, please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-tlevels/introduction-of-t-levels

 

Entry requirements

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

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above
  • A grade 5 (higher C) in either English or Maths and a science

Maths and English are critical elements of this programme, embedded in many of the units taken, and those accepted on the course will have to undertake additional GCSE Maths or English in order to attain a minimum grade 5 (higher C) in order to progress to the T Level.

Course Content

  • Construction Technology
  • Construction and Design
  • Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction
  • Sustainability in Construction
  • Construction Processes and Operations
  • Construction Drawing Techniques
  • Tendering and Estimating
  • Exploring Surveying
  • Exploring Civil Engineering
  • Maths or English GCSE
  • Industry Work Experience

 

How will I be assessed?

The course uses various assessment methods including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other externally assessed modules (exams).

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

We have a dress code of a uniform shirt (with the Derby College Group Professional Construction logo), smart trousers/skirt, and sensible work shoes (not trainers). This is to enable the student to dress as they would in the work environment.  (Information on the uniform shirt will be provided at induction.)

What can I do after this course?

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels

Alternatively, with employment, progression to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment would also be possible.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Alisha Jhangeer

Alisha Jhangeer

Professional construction the perfect preparation for Alisha

Trainee quantity surveyor Alisha Jhangeer says professional construction at the Roundhouse provided the perfect preparation for her new job.  
 
Her Level Three course meant she already had valuable, relevant knowledge when she joined Derby-based chartered surveyors Armsons.  
 
Nineteen-year-old Alisha described the lecturers as “100 per cent great”. She said she especially enjoyed going out on site visits and was inspired when employers came to college to speak to her group.   Her achievements come after a period when she was unsure of a career after school. Alisha went to DC Group’s Joseph Wright Centre to retake her GCSE English, as well as three further exams, including higher maths.  
 
Newly armed with seven GCSEs, Alisha decided on professional construction at the Roundhouse after being inspired by the enthusiasm of her quantity surveyor uncle.   
 
Darley Abbey-based Armsons is a DC Group Skills Academy member and she met the firm through the college.  
 
Jonathan Heath, an Armsons director, regularly visits the Roundhouse to give student talks and to stage practice interviews.  
 
Alisha did well in her interview and joined the firm on work experience before landing her trainee/apprentice quantity surveyor job. She completed the course with two distinctions and a merit.  
 
Alisha said: “The lecturers were 100 per cent great, helping with my assignments and helping me to get my grades. In terms of the classroom, you learn the information that you need and then, when you go on site, you really see how that knowledge is used. When I came to Armsons, I was familiar with the kind of work I was asked to do. College helped a lot to prepare me for what happens at work, and without it I wouldn’t be where I am now.”  
 
As part of her training, Armsons is putting Alisha through the Level 6 Chartered Surveyor (Quantity Surveyor Pathway) Degree Apprenticeship course at Nottingham Trent University.

My studies take five years and after another year’s experience, you qualify as a quantity surveyor. My family is so happy I’ve found something I really want to do.

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