Construction, Building Services/Plumbing

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

  • Individual Project- to work as a team to define, plan and execute a successful project using critical thinking skill needed in various roles within the industry.

  • Construction Technology- It covers technological concepts used to enable the Construction of the building by understanding the functional characteristics and design considerations.

  • Science & Materials- to make material choices to achieve the desired outcomes of a design considering the environmental impact, sustainability, H&S awareness, and the legislative requirements using calculations.

  • Construction Practice & Management- to investigate and research the modern construction industry and apply practical skills embedded within the industry and gain the skills of management.

  • Mathematics for Construction- to employ mathematical skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, reasoning, within a variety of contextualised examples and interpret data using statistical techniques.

  • Construction Information- to develop an awareness of different types of construction information and their uses in the process, including drawing, detailing, CAD, BIM, schedules, specifications, BoQ.

  • Surveying, Measuring & Setting-out- In civil engineering, there is a need to conduct initial surveys to assist the design team in establishing a clearly defined starting point. Once designed, the priority becomes to ‘set out’ the structures to the required accuracy to facilitate the construction process and carry out ‘as-built’ surveying to assist future maintenance and improvements to the built asset

  • Principles of Structural Design- to explore the fundamental principles of structural design, codes of practice and standards required to construct safe, effective static civil engineering structures commonly used in today’s infrastructure projects.
  • 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: £6,000
    • International student fee: £8,100. There is also a registration fee for international students. This is between £115-25.

      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

    To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

    >> Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
    >>Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:
    Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

    When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Course starting Oct 2022

Starts 3 October 2022

Duration 32 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

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