This is a two-year programme designed for those interested in pursuing a career in architecture, building or quantity surveying, site management, site engineering, estimating or buying.
You will be studying for a BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma over the two years - Under 17s will complete a ‘Foundation Diploma’ in the 1st year - and you will also participate in tutorial sessions and the ‘professional construction employment and skills academy’, which has strong links and support from numerous local construction companies (Contractors, Architects, Building Services, and Structural Engineers etc.).
The course is structured such that students who are lucky enough to obtain an apprenticeship part way through the course can easily transfer onto our part time apprenticeship programme - this can sometimes happen whilst students are completing internships, with employers via the ‘professional construction employment and skills academy’.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in Professional Construction. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications. You will need:
You will study:
The course is assessed through written assignments and/or phase tests. You will be supported with formative feedback leading up to formal assessments to ensure you achieve your highest potential grade. The three double sized units include an external assessment by BTEC.
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 purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for site visits and technical drawing equipment. There may also be a request for contributions to trips and visits as part of our ‘employment and skills Academy’ activities.
This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or 5 Construction qualification.
Derby College professional construction student Sam Gilleard cannot wait to start his new surveying job when he finishes his course next summer.Sam who is 17 and from Alvaston, has a job lined up with Armsons in Derby – and the chance to study for a degree in quantity surveying and commercial and construction management.Supported by his employer, Sam will take the degree part-time at Nottingham Trent University.Armsons offered Sam the job after he impressed them during a four week internship in the first year of his BTEC level 3 course.Sam, whose dad works as a builder, thoroughly enjoyed his work experience and got the chance to go out on site with surveyors as well as do CAD drawings and measuring.He also loves his time at Derby College and is keen to share his rewarding experience with other prospective professional construction students.He said:
Our teachers are great and involve the students in the decision making process. My college experience has been so positive that I've already recommended the professional construction course to other people. I want to help other students in the way I've been helped. One lad I mentioned it to is now in his first year of my course.
"I'm so excited about getting my new job and I can't wait to start.