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DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION Foundation Degree Higher Level Apprenticeship

Open University Foundation Degree in Digital Construction HLA DR-N

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Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Level Apprenticeship
Newry Campus


Over the last 10 years the construction industry has undergone a revolution in digital construction with the development of 'Building Information Management' in the whole life cycle of the building and construction process.

Graduates of all disciplines no longer just need the technical knowledge and skills to function effectively, they also need digital skills.

This course is designed to bridge this skills deficit, providing a qualification that covers the traditional knowledge and skills required but enhanced with the digital skills needed to function effectively within the industry.


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  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course. 
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications. 
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or approved equivalent. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language. 
  • Applicants must be employed with a suitable construction firm that can support the student’s digital skills development. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. In addition, where places remain available the College reserves the right to offer places to candidates with a profile less than 48 UCAS points.

For entry to Higher Level Apprenticeships (HLA), employers may further enhance the entry criteria at their discretion. All applicants for HLAs will be interviewed by prospective employers to decide their suitability prior to being employed by a company.  Each applicant must secure employment with a Northern Ireland based company with a minimum contract of 21 hours. Entrance to HLAs is subject to meeting DfE Operational requirements.

Application Process for Higher Level Apprenticeships

Stage 1. Complete both the application form and the additional information form. Attend a pre-enrolment advice session where you will receive more information about your chosen course. You will be advised if you can progress to stage 2 if you meet, or have the potential to meet, the entrance criteria.

Stage 2. For applicants who receive a CONDITIONAL Offer from SRC, your additional information will be forwarded to a list of potential employers identified by SRC (alternatively if you have an employer in mind you can contact the College who will assess workplace suitability). You will progress to stage 3 if you meet the employer’s criteria for interview selection.

Stage 3. Interview stage: If following the interview stage you secure a Conditional Offer of Employment under the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme you will progress to stage 4.

Stage 4. Applicants must present evidence to SRC on A-Level results day that relevant A-Levels or equivalent qualifications are achieved. Evidence of a Conditional Offer of Employment must also be in place at this time from the participating employer. The College will then proceed to issue a FIRM offer onto the HLA Programme.

Please note that a FIRM offer is not a guarantee that the course will commence (see below point 2) 

Please note: 

  1. Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to invite you for interview. SRC are not involved in the shortlisting or interview process. Employers are responsible for contacting you (the applicant) directly to make you an offer of employment.
  2. The HLA programme will run subject to sufficient enrolments. Although you may be in receipt of a FIRM letter of offer onto the course, the College reserves the right to only run the course if sufficient enrolments are in place.
  3. Attendance is strongly recommended by all Higher Level Apprenticeship applicants at the Southern Regional College’s Careers session. Invitations will be issued to advise date, time and location.


Modules covered include:

  • Mathematics for Construction.
  • BIM and CAD.
  • Introduction to Project and Information Management.
  • Construction Science and Materials.
  • Digital Surveying.
  • Measurement and Estimating.
  • Construction Technology.
  • Construction Economics.
  • Introduction to Contracts and Law.
  • Advanced Construction Technology.
  • Group Project.
  • Work Related Learning.


3 Years


Students will be assessed continuously throughout the 3 years of the course. Assessment methods used include module exams, reports, case studies and presentations.


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Successful candidates may progress to a Level 6 Degree courses at UK universities dependent on University entry requirements.

This may include:

  • Construction Management.
  • Quantity Surveying.
  • Site Management.
  • Project Management.


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Shane O'Neill   

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