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.