Construction

Construction is a subject option that is taught in Key Stage 4 and 5. Level one and level two courses are available dependent on student ability. Both courses follow the BTEC examination board specifications and are focused around carpentry and joinery skills. These courses are enormously popular and lead to skills that are often needed in employment. Students must show independence and a willingness to work without constant help. Accurate and clear support is provided through written notes and teacher led demonstrations.

Key Stage 4

Construction BTEC Level 1 Certificate and Level 2 Extended Certificate(equivalent to 2 GCSEs)

Students work in timber - developing skills in carpentry and joinery. They also study theory units in; construction site safety, building methods and construction drawing. There is no final examination, but continual assessment of written and practical project work is necessary. These courses have attracted particular interest in recent years and are showing enormous success. The information below describes the typical units that are studied over the two year period. A mixture of written and practical work is covered which is written up by students in preparation for their final assessment.

Level 1 Diploma in Construction

Theory/written work:

  • Developing home improvement skills
  • Health and safety
  • Developing construction drawing skills

Practical focus:

  • Developing joinery skills
  • Producing a timber product
  • Teamwork moving materials
  • Developing carpentry skills
  • Developing building maintenance skills

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Construction

Theory/written work:

  • Structure of the industry
  • Exploring health and safety
  • Construction drawing
  • Construction methods and techniques

Practical focus:

  • Performing joinery
  • Performing carpentry
  • Exploring building services

Title

Exam board

Exam code

Content

Construction Level 1 Award

Edexcel

BTCEC Level 1 Award

FXK49

Year 10

Term 1

Skills Development & Drawing Techniques

Term 2

Health & Safety & Construction methods

Term 3

Major project units on practical applications

Year 11

Term 1

Apprentice piece – students practical

Term 2

Unit write ups

Link to specification: http://www.Edexcel/Btec/ConstructionLeve1Award/Cert

Key Stage 5

Year 12 Construction – BTEC - Edexcel Level 2 Diploma and Extended Certificate

This course provides some of the essential skills and knowledge often needed in areas of common construction work and has proven to be a very successful course for those interested in the construction industry.

Level 2 Diploma in Construction (Twelve Units)

The information below describes the typical units that are studied over a one year period. A mixture of written and practical work is covered.

Written unit focus:

  • Structure of the construction industry
  • Exploring health and safety
  • Construction drawing
  • Sustainability
  • Low rise construction processes and techniques

Practical unit focus:

  • Painting and decorating
  • Performing plumbing operations
  • Performing electrical operations
  • Exploring joinery theory
  • Exploring carpentry theory
  • Performing joinery operations

For those that have very little prior knowledge, or no GCSE in technology, the Extended Certificate might be a more appropriate alternative.

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Construction (Six Units)

The information below describes the typical units that are studied over the two year period. A mixture of written and practical work is covered.

Written unit focus:

  • Structure of the industry
  • Exploring health and safety
  • Construction drawing
  • Sustainability

Practical unit focus:

  • Performing joinery
  • Performing carpentry