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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

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Course Summary

This is a two-year programme designed for those interested in pursuing a career in architecture, land or quantity surveying, site management, site engineering, civil engineering or buying.

You will study this programme in two full qualifications - Subsidiary Diploma in Year 1 and Extended Diploma in Year 2.  This will allow you to complete your studies at the end of Year 1 and move on to the apprenticeship route should there be an opportunity.

Entry requirements

You need GCSEs at grades A-B including English, Maths and Science, a Level 2 Construction qualification or relevant industrial experience in the construction sector.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Maths in Construction
  • Science and Materials
  • Design Procedures
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Graphical Detailing
  • Surveying
  • Construction Technology
  • Planning
  • Organisation and Control
  • Measurement
  • Estimating and Tendering
  • ICT and CAD
  • Setting Out Processes
  • Topographical Surveying
  • Mechanical and Electrical Services
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Highways Construction
  • Public Health
  • Construction in Civil Engineering
  • Economics and Finances

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through written assignments and/or phase tests.  You will be supported with formative feedback to ensure you achieve your highest potential grade. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A book list will be provided at the beginning of the academic year and learners may wish to purchase books as appropriate.  You will also need to make a one-off payment of £20 for Professional Construction corporate clothing.  There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our Career Academy activities.

What can I do after this course?

This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or 5 Construction qualification.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Nigel Duffus

Nigel Duffus

College knowledge vital to plan career as a surveyor

Apprentice surveyor Nigel Duffus says Derby College is providing the vital skill base he needs to help fulfil his career dreams. Nigel, 22, is in the second year of his Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment, and third year of four as an apprentice with property management company Derby Homes. He said the course was laying foundations to help him decide which area of property surveying, and possibly in the long-term architecture, he would like to specialise in. Nigel said the college course gave him a broad view of surveying while the workplace provided skills specific to his workplace.

The college is very learner-friendly – you get access to all the support and facilities you need to help reach your goals.

I'd like to progress onto a level four and go as far as I can on the academic side, as a foundation for a long-term career.
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