In Year 9 pupils gain an insight into the range of skills which are used in the Construction industry. Pupils are introduced to tools and equipment used in GCSE courses. Pupils will develop independent learning and problem-solving skills which will give them an understanding of what is required of them at GCSE. Pupils will also focus on learning specific skills needed to cut, shape, finish and join materials, gain an understanding of the properties of construction materials used and develop abilities in reading technical drawings in which pupils are given.
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Constructing the Built Environment offers a learning experience that focuses learning for pupils through applied learning, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.
Each unit has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose is the vehicle through which the learning contained in the unit is made relevant and purposeful. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study how buildings are constructed. The applied purpose provides the opportunity for authentic work-related learning, but more than this, it will require learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop:
The qualifications have been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning where learners are introduced to a context for learning, review previous learning to plan activities, carry out activities and review outcomes and learning. This approach mirrors many work-related activities in constructing the built environment and also provides for learning in a range of contexts thus enabling learners to apply and extend their learning. As such, the qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in construction and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment or training.
Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.
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