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 a 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:
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:
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.
The course uses various assessment methods including written assignments, presentations, poster presentations and phase tests along with other externally assessed modules (exams).
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.)
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.
The moment Jamie Wasley sat down to start his sixth form studies, he realised a further two years in the classroom was not for him. He didn’t go back for day two. Instead he got himself an apprenticeship with a local builder and enrolled with Derby College. Now, aged 27, Jamie is an award winning former bricklayer, a buildings inspector, and he is poised to become a chartered surveyor.
He has special praise for Derby College which supported him when he began to fall behind while halfway through his Level 3 Construction Diploma. There were good reasons. Jamie suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack and underwent three months of painful treatment.
As part of Level 3, apprentices are required to show a range of brickwork skills by making separate pieces over a period of time, and he was struggling to get them done. But his lecturers helped him design one “masterpiece” which he built featuring all the aspects he needed – an arch, a chimney stack, a curved wall, stilts and more. He said the staff were “brilliant” and helped him through the dark times.
Jamie went from strength-to-strength, winning both the College’s and the East Midlands’ SkillBuild competitions, before finishing third in the World Championship SkillBuild event in Birmingham. And because of his commitment, he was awarded a £1,000 Bowmer and Kirkland Bursary by the College. Jamie passed his Level 2 and 3 construction diplomas with distinctions and in parallel took his Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations and Level 3 NVQ Brickwork (Advanced Craft).
Having worked with a local builder, Jamie was head hunted by building surveyors JHAI Ltd where he is now a buildings inspector and 18 months away from qualifying as a chartered surveyor. He intends to “get as good as I can be” and perhaps specialise. He is also considering going on to become a college lecturer to support teenagers who have practical rather than academic strengths.
"At college you learn the skills and intricate details you need, especially on Level 3.
"The biggest thing I found is it gives you a place to practise. When you get to site it's not practice, you're building and it's staying up. You've got to stand back and be happy with it.
"The big thing about college was the lecturers were brilliant, "not "yes, sir", "no sir." They taught you stuff you needed to know.
"You notice yourself becoming more useful at work. You learn something and then you can apply it."