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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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Carrie Hallsworth

Carrie Hallsworth

Trainee QS Carrie proves it’s never too late to train for the right job

Trainee quantity surveyor Carrie Hallsworth is living proof that it's never too late to train for the career you really want.As well as being a mum to two young children, she holds down a busy job with a property maintenance company and is studying hard for a foundation degree in quantity surveying at Derby College.Carrie, who is 33 and from Heanor, intended to go into higher education straight after school but instead went out to work and got used to drawing a regular income.She worked in offices, at a supermarket and for a building society but none of these jobs was really 'her'.It was only when husband Vaughan, a joiner, suggested she apply for a job in contracts with his employer, CLC Group in Shepshed, that Carrie discovered her true career path.She was taken on as a tenant liaison officer and found she especially liked managing the budgets and controlling the purse strings. So, on return from maternity leave after having her second baby, she asked CLC Group if she could train as a quantity surveyor.Carrie is now in her second year of the part-time course and plans to go to Nottingham Trent University and gain her full degree once she's finished her foundation degree next year.Carrie said:

I was really nervous at first about going back to college in my thirties, but the lecturers were great – very supportive. I'm one of three female students out of a group of 14 on my course – and I'm quite a bit older than the others – but I haven't found any issues with being a woman in construction.

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