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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

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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Isaac Fowler

Isaac Fowler

Targeted lectures measure up for professional construction student

Teenager Isaac Fowler says Derby College is providing focus and freedom as he builds towards a career as a quantity surveyor.
Seventeen-year-old Isaac, from Belper, decided to take a BTEC Level 3 in Professional Construction when he realised life in the sixth form was not for him.
Now he is completing his course part-time after being taken on as an apprentice with builder GF Tomlinson following a work placement with the business.
Isaac is aiming to go on to take a Derby College foundation course, and then a degree with Derby University, while he gains more experience with GF Tomlinson.
His long-term dream is to qualify as a quantity surveyor and run his own business.
He said:

I'm enjoying college; you have more freedom than at school and the lessons are aimed at what I want to do for my future. The lecturers have both come from construction and they really know what they are talking about.

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