The Technology Department will again be offering a Construction course to our students in Key Stages 4 and 5. The KS4 course will be over 2 years and the KS5 over 1 . The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment provides a practical, real-world approach to learning and develop specific knowledge and skills learners need to work successfully in the world of construction, such as:

  • A broad understanding and knowledge of each aspect of the construction process
  • Mathematical skills to ensure accurate calculations of materials, quantities and costs in planning and designing a new building or a refurbishment of an existing building
  • Understanding the importance of the construction industry on the economy, the environment and the community
  • Using communication skills in a range of situations such as dealing with different suppliers and trades people on a site, or presenting ideas to clients. Details of the specific course are as follows:

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core, mandatory and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, the mandatory unit plus one of optional specialist units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

Unit 1: Construction Technology (30 GLH) - External Assessment

Have you thought about how a building is constructed? There are many different types of buildings we can construct and occupy across the UK. This unit will initially examine the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise (up to 5.2 metres in height) offices, retail units and homes. Learners will examine the modern methods of construction that rely heavily on offsite prefabrication, which benefits the environment sustainably. In understanding how to set up a site, learners will examine the information that must be completed before starting work, along with the infrastructure that they will need to put in place to run the job efficiently and safely.

Unit 2: Construction and Design (30 GLH)

Have you ever wondered why buildings are very different in their design and function? On completing this unit learners will understand what the construction industry undertakes in terms of the different types of buildings and structures it designs and builds. They will learn how client briefs can be developed by analysing the client’s requirements for the building and considering the external constraints on development. They will also gain an understanding of the different types of construction activities that take place within the industry, from civil engineering projects through to the refurbishment of existing older buildings.

Mandatory unit

In addition to the core units, the mandatory unit(s) ensures learners gain a deep understanding and knowledge of a specialist subject area to ensure they have the specialist skills they need to be successful in the industry.


Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction (30 GLH)

Did you know that the modern construction industry needs workers with more than just practical craft skills? It’s essential to have sufficient knowledge of the science and mathematics principles that underpin craft, technician and professional activities and to be able to apply those principles correctly when working on construction activities. This unit aims to develop learners understanding of the science and mathematics used in construction projects.

Specialist optional unit

A broad range of optional specialist units provides the opportunity for learners to focus more closely on a vocational area, supporting progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational course, academic course or into an apprenticeship.

Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

The knowledge and skills you will develop are used in today’s construction industry.

Both carpenters and joiners will at some time have to make a timber frame. For example, carpenters would assemble a door frame on site to fit into a brick wall, while a joiner would make a window frame in a workshop for an external wall.

This unit will introduce you to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by carpenters and joiners. You will learn about the potential health and safety hazards in a carpentry and joinery work area, how to carry out a risk assessment, and what is safe working practice in the use of common tools and equipment. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to determine and select appropriate materials to produce a timber frame to a given specification.

These courses will be taught by members of the Technology Department and will be assisted by local companies and guest speakers.

The Technology (Construction) Department are:
Mr I Thomas - Head of Faculty - Technology
Mrs A Duffield & Mr A Hartley