Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 4

Next course date



7 months part time


Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

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.

Structure, certificates and assessment

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

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK and EU students

International students

*These fees apply if you’re starting this course between September 2018 and August 2019. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

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