BTEC Construction

Why study Construction?

There are many places where the construction process takes place. Bricklayers could be building a garden wall or a block work wall at the top of a new tower block. A plumber could be installing a new bathroom or fitting pipes in a petro-chemical plant. Plasterers could be working on walls that previously had asbestos and need to think about how they dispose of waste. A steel fixer could be working on a foundation or at the top of a multi-storey car-park. A roofer could be given construction drawings that contain confidential information that has to be kept secure. Trades people, inspectors, site supervisors, architects and project managers are all examples of those working construction processes take place.

Pupils will complete the WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the sector and the types of career opportunities available. It is mainly suitable as a foundation for further study. This further study could provide learners with the awareness of the work of different types of job roles in the sector such as joiners, carpenters and bricklayers. As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies in order to pursue those job roles.

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as in maths and the sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications.

What will I Study?

Unit 1 – Safety and security in Construction- Exam 25% overall grade- Pupils use knowledge and understanding to be able to plan how to minimise risk to their own and others health and safety in different contexts. This exam is a computerised on screen test.

Unit 2 – Practical construction skills – Coursework 50% overall grade- Pupils learn and use skills needed to complete 3 construction based tasks- joinery, electrical and brickwork.

Unit 3 – Planning construction projects – Coursework 25% overall grade- Pupils use learning from the development of practical skills and health and safety requirements of construction processes and gain the knowledge and understanding needed to plan straightforward built environment development projects.

What skills will I need?

  • Good problem solving skills to help work independently.
  • The ability to complete in-depth written work related to the projects.
  • The ability to communicate and develop design ideas.
  • Good ICT skills.
  • The ability to work accurately with tools and equipment to make quality products.
  • Follow instructions and be able to act on advice given from staff.
  • Work Safely In a workshop environment and respond to advice.

Contact Mr Mallory – BTEC Engineering & BTEC Construction Subject Leader