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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

About the Roundhouse »

Emily Sheldon

Emily Sheldon

Course builds workplace confidence for construction student Emily

Distance learning student Emily Sheldon is using her Derby College course to gain vital skills and confidence as she builds her career in construction. A technical co-ordinator with Heage-based Keyclad, Emily is embarking on year two of her Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.  She gained distinctions for her first year studies. She said the course had already given her a much broader knowledge of the construction industry, legal issues, and how structures “grow from the ground up.” Emily - who started as a temp - said her increased skill-set was already benefitting her boss, and the company, as she takes on more responsibility while she works towards her long-term aim of moving into design management.

Everytime I sit down and learn something, I can use it the next day at work. It’s all that instant. I can do my job with much more confidence.

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