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.
A chance remark from his grandmother in Hong Kong gave Derby teenager Joyin Li the idea of becoming a building surveyor.
Derby College is now giving the nineteen-year-old Professional Construction student the skills and access to work experience to follow his dream. As a boy Joyin enjoyed watching flats being built on his grandparents’ land when his family visited them in Hong Kong.
His grandmother commented that there was good money in building surveying…and her words stuck. Now he is studying Level 3 Professional Construction while enjoying work experience two days a week with Pride Park-based architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon.
The consultancy is a member of Derby College’s Employment and Skills Academy (ESA), which aims to nurture students as they move from education to employment.
He said, overall, the best part for him is the work experience saying “I learn a lot better, if I see it, rather than read it from a book.” Joyin gained a triple distinction in year one and is currently studying in year two.
Now he has targeted a place at Nottingham Trent University. He originally completed a Mechanical and Electrical BTEC Level 2 at Derby College before taking Professional Construction on the recommendation of a lecturer and fellow student.
I’m enjoying the course.
It’s set up a bit like university; they give you the resources and tell you what to look at, tell you what you need to know to pass an assignment, and let you get on with it. It will give you skills to progress at university. “I’m learning about architectural stuff, quantity surveying, building surveying building services, and engineering – all sorts of roles within Professional Construction. You get an insight into everything and get to pick what you want to do from there.