Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 4

Course credits

60 credits

Next course date



1 year part time


Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

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

It's aimed at technicians and technologists who are seeking formal recognition of their experience, but you'll also find it useful if you want to broaden your knowledge of the science and properties of concrete.

You'll gain an understanding around the specification and production of concrete and the constituents of concrete. You'll also learn how to apply the methodologies that underpin the use and control of concrete in construction and concrete products.

This course is suitable for:

The course runs over one year. You'll 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.

Structure, certificates and assessment

You'll study these modules:

Introduction to Concrete (20 credits)
You will cover sampling aggregates and concrete, properties of aggregates, specification and control of ready mixed concrete, concrete in construction and health and safety awareness.

Properties of Concrete (20 credits)
During this module you'll study cement, additions and admixtures, aggregates and test methods and the properties of fresh, hardening and hardened concrete. You'll also look at the durability of concrete, standards and specifications, self compacting concrete and environmental aspects.

Production, Use and Control of Concrete (20 credits)
You will study in detail concrete production, mix design and quality control, reinforced, pre-stressed and pre-cast concrete, formwork and falsework, floors, ground slabs and assessing and repairing concrete.

How you'll learn

You'll study online, and you'll have the opportunity to come to Derby for three one-day tutorials over the year. 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 by an interim examination as well as assignments.

Entry requirements

The programme has been designed to appeal to a wide audience. Candidates applying for the programme are likely to fall into the following groups:

Certain learners may be permitted direct entry at Module 2 i.e. given exemption from Module 1 if their qualifications reflect recent best practice.  Examples include:

 The University of Derby Diploma in Quarry or Asphalt Technology

Programme staff will be happy to discuss and review this on an individual basis. Experience with current standards and specifications will be an important factor in that review. You will be expected to provide copies of your certificates.

The following broad criteria applying for entry:

While the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that learners meet entry requirements and acceptance on to programmes rests with the University of Derby, employers typically nominate the majority of learners expected onto this programme.  The prior experience of learners is a key factor in programme design and development as such employers, potential learners, professional bodies, and key stakeholders have been consulted during the programme development stage.

Fees and funding

UK and EU students

International students

*These fees apply if you’re starting this course between September 2021 and August 2022. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change.

How to apply

Please contact Ian Heritage at the Concrete Society on +44 (0)1276 607140 or for application details.

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Application Contact: Ian Heritage +44 (0)1276 607140
Programme Leader: John Mawer        +44 (0)1332 597976

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