Construction, Building Services/Plumbing

This is a Part-Time course students study over 2 years, 1 day per week.

Level 4 will cover eight units with 15 credit value each:

Core Units (Mandatory)

Unit 1: Construction Design Project (Pearson-set)

Unit 3: Science & Materials

Unit 4: The Construction Environment

Unit 8: Mathematics for Construction

Specialist Units (Mandatory)

Unit 17: Civil Engineering Technology

Unit 19: Principles of Structural Design

Two additional units

Unit 6: Digital Applications for Construction Information

Unit 11: Financial Management & Business Practices in Construction

  • Entry requirements

    Our typical offer is UCAS Tariff points 64 (new), or equivalent. BTEC Diploma at MM, Extended Diploma at MPP in construction-related qualifications. Other related Level 3 qualifications like Plumbing, Gas, or Electrical Installation will be considered. GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or equivalent point score) are required. An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution and an application with a related work experience portfolio will be considered on individual bases. Also, an international equivalent of all the above will be assessed for possible enrolment.

    All students who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

  • Who is the course for?

    The course is for civil engineering inspired learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning and wish to pursue or advance their career in construction. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of civil engineering, the course will give students an experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. The course is for students with a clear line of sight of progression to HND Level 5 and to a degree Lvl 6, as well as to gain the skill for work readiness in the construction sector.

  • Study methods

    To cover the required Guided Learning Hours (GLH), you will study 15 supervised hours per week to cover 11 hours theory, 3 hours of practical activities and a 1-hour tutorial to cover the activities below:

    • 74% classroom-based teaching
    • 20% workshop and laboratory experiments
    • 6% directed study and site visits
      Other 22.5 independent and unsupervised hours will be offered to contribute to the Total Learning (TL) hours as below.
    • 10 hours working on an assignment (45%)
    • 5 hours of research/ learning (22%)
    • 2.5 hours compilation of evidence (11%)
    • 5 hours e-learning (22%).
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed using ten written assignments. All the assignments are 100% assessed and marked internally by HCUC. One assignment is Pearson-set assignment, but the remaining assignments are HCUC set assignments. Assignments covered the theory and the practical elements of the assessment at the ratio 5:1

  • More information

    Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

    • Assessment and grading
    • College rules and resources
    • Student support and representation.

      Students will attend college for 15 hours a week including 12 hours of lectures, 1 hour tutorial and 2 hours of assessment development/study skills sessions over three days. Students are expected to complete at least 15-18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments).

      Staff profiles available within the course handbook but all staff have higher level qualifications in the relevant field and work experience related to their subject specialisms.

      Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.

      UCAS CODE: K700

      For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2023-24 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more info

  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    Civil Engineering course at Level 4 will provide students with a clear set of skills and goals for entering employment. Typical jobs related to Civil Engineering pathway may include:

    • Site Engineering Technician
    • Structural Engineering Design
    • Civil Engineering Design
    • Transport Engineering Design
  • Where Next – Further Studies

    The course provides a solid grounding in Construction and the built environment (Civil Engineering), vendor accredited certification and Professional Body membership, upon which students can build; should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage to Lvl 5 HND or even to Lve 6 Degree level subjected to meeting admission requirements to study Civil Engineering and other affiliated subject areas.

  • Fees

    Home student fee: £4,500 for the first year. The second year will be in the region of £4,300.

    The fees quoted are for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.

    Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.

    For information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at

    the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College please contact the Careers Team on 01895 853333.

    If you are unsure about your status, please contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

  • How to apply

    All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

    For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Course starting Oct 2023

Starts 2 October 2023

Duration 64 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Monday-Friday
09:00 - 17:00

About this course

Part Time


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