Skip to content


Course Code: UF4192, UX4192
  • Level: 5
  • Qualification: Foundation Degree
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth
  • Duration: Two years (full-time), three years (part-time)
  • Course type: Full-time, Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Thursdays, 9.00am - 6.15pm (part-time)

What's it all about?

Full Fee

Full-time £7,450
Part-time £11,100 (£3,700 per year)


The construction industry is of considerable economic and strategic importance across the UK. The construction process is complex, starting with design and planning through to production, to ongoing maintenance and refurbishment. This course 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. You’ll study a wide range of topics from mathematics to domestic and large scale construction though a mix of lectures, practical work and fieldwork. Lecturers on this course include professionally qualified and experienced architects, engineers and project managers; so you can be assured of gaining an industry-relevant, employment-focused qualification.

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

Course information

The course includes the following subjects:

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Lean Construction
  • Site Surveying
  • Structures for Construction
  • Building Pathology and Construction Refurbishment Practice
  • Energy Use in Building
  • Project

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
  • Site Surveying
  • Structures for Construction

Year 3

  • Lean Construction
  • Building Pathology and Construction Refurbishment Practice
  • Energy Use in Buildings
  • Project

We welcome applications from those who have the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points, to include a full level 3 qualification, or an appropriate T Level
  • four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English, maths and combined science

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Unless you already have a qualification equivalent to a higher national certificate (HNC) or higher, it is recommended that you enrol on the HNC. On satisfactory completion of this two year course, you will be eligible to transfer onto the final year of the Foundation Degree. Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

Assessment will be through a mixture of coursework, in-class assessments, presentations and examinations.

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

  • the final year of the BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management degree at the University of Plymouth. Please note that progression will be decided by the University of Plymouth on a case by case basis based on achievement of the FdSc Construction and other relevant professional experience and qualifications.
  • membership of professional institutions such as the Chartered Institute of Building
  • a wide range of careers in the industry, such as a site manager, quantity surveyor, architectural technician or building surveyor.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

Download course PDF

Future careers

What you could earn:

Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers


Potential salary


Entry level salary


Average salary


Annual openings in Plymouth

Related courses

Unvented Hot Water Systems (Reassessment)

  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: European Registration Scheme (ERS)
  • Duration: One day
  • Course type: Short course

Electrical Installation (T-Prep Foundation Programme)

  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Awarding body: City & Guilds (C&G)
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Full-time

Understanding Domestic Retrofit

  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Award
  • Awarding body: National Open College Network (NOCN)
  • Duration: Three weeks
  • Course type: Part-time
View all courses

Book an open day and come visit us!

Come and visit us on one of our college open days, where you can find out more about our courses, check out our facilities and speak to current students and staff.