Certificate in Construction Materials

Why choose this course?

  • We've developed this course with the construction materials industry, so you can be sure you're learning relevant and up to date information.
  • You'll develop your knowledge about construction materials made with aggregates, bituminous mixtures and ready mixed concrete.
  • You'll gain a nationally recognised qualification, which will help to set you apart from others in the industry.
  • This course is supported by the Institute of Quarrying and the Institute of Asphalt Technology.
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Course code: CAAFM

Start date(s): October

Course length: Part time - seven months

Programme Level: Level 4

About this course

If you want to progress your career in the construction materials industry, this course is ideal for you.

You'll gain knowledge and practical understanding about construction materials made with aggregates and the standards, specifications and other requirements that apply to them. You'll examine sampling and testing methods and the procedures that are used to determine the characteristics of aggregates. You'll also develop your understanding of the principles of concrete technology, and different types of bituminous mixtures and their uses.

The course is studied part time over seven months. You will need to fit it around your work commitments, so you'll need to be self motivated and be able to set aside time each week for study. 

What's covered

Throughout the course you'll study one module covering a range of areas, including:

  • Appropriate sampling and testing methods for aggregates
  • Procedures used to determine the characteristics of aggregates that are appropriate to the intended end-use
  • Different grades of paving bitumen and associated test methods
  • Different types of bituminous mixture and their use in road pavement layers
  • Methods used to sample, test and control the quality of bituminous mixtures
  • Principles of concrete technology
  • Raw materials used in concrete
  • Methods of specifying, sampling, testing and quality control for concrete
  • An understanding of the ways that samples and tests can be carried out safely

You will apply these concepts and theories through problem solving, supported by your own experience and observations in industry.

How you'll learn

You'll study online, and you'll have the opportunity to come to Derby for three tutorials which take place on a Saturday. Here you'll work face to face with our specialist academic staff, all of whom have extensive experience within the industry. It's also an opportunity to meet colleagues in your sector - swapping ideas and sharing best practice.

Your course materials are in an interactive electronic format and are released to you throughout the year. You'll have full online access to our library and other learning resources.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through a combination of assignments and a final exam.

Fees and finance

UK and EU students

  • £910

International students

  • £1,130

*These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2017 and August 2018. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change.

Helping your career

On successful completion you can continue your development by studying related courses. 

This course gives you exemption from the Construction Products Technology module of each Foundation Degree.

Entry requirements

These courses are open to all. If you have experience in concrete, plus positive support from your employer, we will welcome your application.

You should ideally contact the University in July, as this course starts in November.

Where will I study?

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Online and optional weekend tutorials at the Enterprise Centre

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University .

Find out more

E: mineralproducts@derby.ac.uk
T: 0800 678 3311

Related links

Centre for Mineral Products Professional Development

Programme Specification

pdf Certificate - Construction Materials Technology