Can Uni digitally word count essays by converting hard copy to PDF?

My Uni has a strict word count policy. We only submit a hard copy to the college itself, a digital copy is sent to check for plagiarism, but does not check number of words. My lecturer has suggested that the college is unable to digitally count words on an assignment, but my concern is that they could scan the copy and digitally count by creating a PDF and then a word doc. I wonder if anyone can explain this to me in a way a student nurse would understand please?


in general I´d say it is possible to count the words digitally,  using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).



Thanks Robin