Course details

Course code


Course level

Level 4

Start date


Course length

7 months part time


Enterprise Centre, Distance learning

Course description

Concrete is an important construction material. This course develops your knowledge about aggregates, cement and concrete, and the standards, specifications and other requirements that apply to them. It includes aspects such as the methods used to sample and test aggregates and ready mixed concrete in a safe way.

You will also focus on the principles of concrete mix design, the methods of making and using ready mixed concrete and knowledge of the techniques used to manage product quality so as to satisfy the needs of your producers and customers.

You'll mainly study online, and you will have the option to come to Derby for three weekend tutorials during the seven month course. These consist of a mixture of classroom teaching and discussion with teaching staff and other students.

You'll receive course materials in electronic form, and you'll also have electronic access to our library and other learning resources.

The course runs over seven months. 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.

Subject modules

  • Ready Mixed Concrete Technology - 4ZZCAI - 20 credits

Structure, certificates and assessment

Throughout the course you'll study one module which covers the following subject areas:

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 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 through a combination of assignments and a final exam.

Entry requirements

If you have experience in ready mixed concrete, as well as positive support from your employer, we will welcome your application.

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

Contact us

Ready Mixed Concrete Technology 0800 678 3311