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Construction & Digital Innovation

Course Code: UF4216, UX4216
  • Level: 4
  • Qualification: Higher National Certificate
  • Awarding body: University of Plymouth
  • Duration: One year (full-time), two 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 £5,550 (£3,700 year one, £1,850 year two)


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.

Course information

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

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 at least one 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.
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area

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.

On successful completion of this 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.

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

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