City College Plymouth

FdSc Construction

A friendly, supportive higher education community is what we’re all about. Small classes. Personal tuition. Dedicated and enthusiastic tutors and lecturers delivering courses designed with employers. And it’s all in partnership with Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CCFD101 Mathematics 1

      This module develops basic mathematical and statistical methods for students with an interest in construction and civil engineering.

    • CCFD115 Introduction to CAD and ICT

      A practical Introduction into CAD in the Design Process, Using industry standard software for producing 2D detail and assembly drawings. Learners will be encouraged to build upon any existing 2D drawing skills when building their portfolio.

    • CCFD104 Site Surveying

      This module provides a basic introduction to surveying techniques and the methods used to set out and control construction works.

    • CONFD108 Domestic Construction

      This module examines some of the traditional and modern methods used to construct domestic properties.

    • CCFD116 Construction Materials

      This module explores the principles and properties of a range of construction materials.

    • CCFD105 Health, Safety and The Law

      This module aims to provide an introduction to the English legal system. The learner will be made aware of the legal responsibilities in areas such as Employment, Planning Law and Building Control. In particular the module will study Health, Safety & Welfare legislation in the construction sector and introduces the concept of Risk Assessment and its evaluation when applied to any potential hazard.

    • CONFD109 Construction Management and Applications

      This module investigates the processes of management, the methods of procuring construction works and introduces the learners to the management processes used in the construction industry.

    • CONFD110 Environment Building Science

      To develop an understanding of factors that influence human comfort within the built environment.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CCFD215 Research Project

      To develop research skills into the design, construction and analysis of construction or civil engineering activities and the presentation of an account of work in written and oral form.

    • CONFD208 Construction Contractual Procedures

      This module aims to introduce the procedures for administering contracts and provide and understanding of some of the methods of resolving disputes.

    • CONFD211 Construction Refurbishment Practice

      Students will evaluate different construction techniques for innovative and large new-build projects, as well as developing a detailed understanding of the issues involved in the reuse of existing buildings.

    • CONFD212 Structural Analysis and Design for Construction

      The purpose of this module is to enable learners to evaluate structural concepts and develop the ability to analyse structures and produce designs of structural elements in accordance with relevant British and European Codes of Practice.

    • CONFD209 Building Pathology

      This module involves a range of lectured and student self learnt topics on building pathology, and equips successful students to analyse the condition of buildings.

    • CONFD210 Lean Construction

      In addition to established business and economic principles, this module examines current thinking to improve the performance of the industry.

    • CONFD213 Energy Use in Buildings

      This module examines the use of energy and the services requirements in public and commercial buildings. Students will employ a range of practical techniques for the study of the built environment.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a college closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

Find out more about studying at City College Plymouth