Professional Construction Courses at Derby College

The UK construction industry is upskilling its workforce to take advantage of the economic upturn - and it urgently needs well-qualified, forward-thinking and dynamic professionals.

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Take your construction career to a new level

If your ambition is to become an architect, building surveyor, civil engineer, quantity surveyor, site manager or structural engineer, Derby College can set you on the right career pathway.

We’ll equip you with the technical skills, strategic know-how and confidence you need, along with clear progression routes to higher education opportunities and professional qualifications. Your learning will be relevant, up-to-date and underpinned by experience of real work contexts.

Why choose Derby College?

  • Our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy – the first of its kind in the UK – offers you an enhanced programme with additional input from local employers including guru lectures, industry mentors and paid summer internships.
  • Most graduates from the Academy progress straight to university or gain jobs or apprenticeships at the companies involved.
  • Our courses combine hands-on training, the highest industry standards and employability skills - to give you a real head start in your career.
  • Our expert staff have vast experience as well as great contacts across the industry.
  • You don’t even have to move away to achieve higher education qualifications: we offer a HNC via distance learning and a part-time Foundation Degree in Construction Management at the College itself.

Is this you?

  • Interested in design and technology
  • Good at paying attention to detail
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Work well in a team
  • Good practical skills
  • Want to work in an industry that is always changing and moving forward

Getting into Professional Construction

  • Full-time at College There is a wide range of full-time Construction courses offered at Derby College, preparing you for jobs in architecture, building surveying, civil engineering, quantity surveying, site managing and structural engineering.
  • Apprenticeships These are available with Derby College in many areas of Professional Construction with small and large local companies. You will be working full-time in industry, including one full day of study at College. You will need GCSEs including English, Maths and Science.
  • Higher education To do some jobs in the construction industry, such as architect, civil engineer or quantity surveyor, you will need a degree, foundation degree or HND. You can study full time at university or part time alongside a job. Derby College itself offers a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment as well as a Foundation Degree in Construction Management.
  • Jobs You could take a skilled and professional job in the construction industry and may be looking to achieve a professional chartered status in the future.

You will benefit from our close ties with employers across the sector, expert teaching by industry-experienced professionals and exceptional learning facilities.


Derby College Course Listings - Professional Construction


FT Apprenticeship - Professional Construction (Civil Engineering) - Level 3: Site The RoundHouse

FT Apprenticeship - Professional Construction - Level 3: Site The RoundHouse

FT Gateway to T Levels - Professional Construction: Site The RoundHouse

FT Higher Apprenticeship - Building Services Engineering Technician - Level 4: Site The RoundHouse

FT Higher Apprenticeship - Construction Site Engineering Technician - Level 4: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC Diploma in Building Services Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC Diploma in Civil Engineering: Site The RoundHouse

PT HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment: Site The RoundHouse



PT HND in Construction and the Built Environment: Site Distance Learning

PT Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) - April: Site The RoundHouse

PT Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) - January: Site The RoundHouse

PT Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) - July: Site The RoundHouse

PT Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) - October: Site The RoundHouse

FT T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning : Site The RoundHouse

Full Time Courses Full Time Courses Part Time Courses Part Time Courses

Maths and English

You need English and maths skills to get on in life. They will support your studies at the College, help with everyday tasks and pave the way to future career success.

If you don’t already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths – or equivalent qualifications – you will continue studying these subjects as part of your course at Derby College.

We’ll support you all the way: working with you on the right programme of development throughout your time with us.

You might also be interested in ...

When you’ve completed your course, why not broaden your horizons further still at Derby College? Additional qualifications in subjects such as Engineering, ICT and Motor Vehicle Engineering are exciting choices. Or check out our courses in Business, Enterprise and Management if you would like to set up a venture of your own.

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Jonathan Barcz

Jonathan Barcz

Surveying a bright future in construction

Joining the Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment gave Jonathan Barcz a real head start in his career as a quantity surveyor.

Jonathan is one of the talented learners who have benefited from our Professional Construction Employment and Skills Academy, which offers work placements and mentoring support from local employers.

The opportunities led to him securing an apprenticeship at UK Construction in Derby and he is now studying the part-time BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, sponsored by his company.

Jonathan was also named the Professional Construction Learner of the Year at our 2014 Peak Awards, thanks to his focused approach to his studies and his outstanding marks.

I’m so pleased that I joined the Derby College Employment and Skills Academy which opened so many doors for me and has given me the opportunity to work and continue my education in this profession.

Did you Know?

  • Construction is one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors, employing an estimated 2.9 million people – around 10% of all jobs
  • For every £1 invested in construction, £2.84 is generated for the wider economy
  • 42% of construction firms are experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff with the right skills
  • Construction contributes nearly £90 billion to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total
  • 13.5% of people in the industry are women

Recent Vacancies

£42,000 per year.
Plan and design buildings.

Civil Engineer
£38,000 per year.
Managing civil and mining engineering structures.

Quantity Surveyor
£37,000 per year
Advising on financial and contractual matters.

Construction Project Manager
£27,000 per year.
Oversee major projects.

Chartered Surveyor
£29,000 per year.
Conducting surveys.

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Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus (including Johnson and Hudson Buildings)

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