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Course Code: UF4216, UX4216

Level: 4
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Higher National Certificate
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year (full-time), two years (part-time)
When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm (part-time)

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About the course

The construction industry is of considerable economic and strategic importance across the UK. This HNC is designed for those who are already working in, or aspire to work in, the construction industry in a range of roles, including site managers, site engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors and architectural technologists. Completion of this course may contribute towards the membership requirements of professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Building.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:


  • Domestic Construction
  • Environmental Building Science
  • Materials
  • ICT and Design
  • Construction Contractual Procedures
  • Construction and Civil Engineering Management

Year 1

  • Domestic Construction and Construction Materials
  • Environmental Building Science
  • Construction Materials
  • Construction Contractual Procedures

Year 2

  • ICT and Design
  • Construction and Civil Engineering Management
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and combined science, and one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points (for September 2017 entry)
  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in a related subject
  • an Advanced Apprenticeship
  • an NVQ Level 3 qualification in a related subject
  • equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

All level 3 qualifications should include appropriate elements of level 3 mathematics and science. Should the entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework, in-class assessments and presentations.

What's next?

On successful completion of thise course, you may be able to progress to:

  • the final year of the FdSc Construction Foundation Degree at the College, following the completion of 40 credits of additional short course study
  • a wide range of careers within the construction industry such as architectural technician, trainee quantity surveyor or trainee site manager.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.