Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment.

What does the qualification cover?

This course allows students to study construction and the built environment, giving students the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the industry. They will develop skills such as interpreting and analysing information, identifying the infrastructure required for safe and efficient work and in understanding how client needs can shape building design. The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about construction and the built environment. It gives students the opportunity to learn about one of the most important sectors of the UK economy. They will study three mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required in construction technology and design:

  • construction technology
  • construction and design
  • scientific and mathematical application for construction.

They will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by performing practical tasks in further optional units. This will provide them with an opportunity to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of a specific aspect of the construction industry, depending on their interests. These areas covered are:

  • exploring carpentry and joinery principles and techniques
  • exploring plumbing principles and techniques
  • exploring electrical principles and techniques.

Curriculum Intent Statement

The Construction Department will seek to ensure that all pupils:

Achieve the highest possible standard of achievement
Benefit from a curriculum which contains:
Breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression and continuity.
Develop confidence and understanding of Literacy, Numeracy ICT and practical abilities throughout their time at the school.

Students are central to everything that we do. Our curriculum is designed to:
Give all students every opportunity to make full use of their skills, qualities and attributes in order to prepare them effectively for adult and working life.
Promote the wellbeing and resilience of students as well as their academic learning.

The aims of our curriculum are to:

Provide equality of opportunity for all our students.
Offer a broad and balanced approach to learning, ensuring relevance, challenge, progression and continuity in all its structured activities.
Provide programmes of learning which suit the learning styles of individual students.
Allow flexibility to meet the needs of each student – thus ensuring that all students have the opportunity to achieve at least their expected attainment and progress.
Use real world/working activities and assessments to help with the progression into employment.
Using up-to-date and relevant teaching materials that make use of scenarios and case studies relevant to the scope and variety of employment opportunities available in the sector whether it is a trade profession or office based. These materials may be drawn from workplace settings, where feasible. For example, you could use promotional materials that have been developed by the construction and the built environment industries.

Giving learners the opportunity to apply their learning through practical activities that they will encounter in the future in the workplace, for example by practising working skills through teamwork activities and by also working independently.
Including employers in the delivery of the programme. You may, for example, wish to seek the co-operation of local employers and industry governing bodies in giving examples of current work procedures and practices
Liaising with employers to make sure a course is relevant to learners’ specific needs. You may, for example, wish to seek employers’ help in stressing the importance of English and mathematical skills, and of wider skills in the world of work. Educate for Life.

Develop global awareness, promote British values and SMSC
We will strive to ensure that all members of its community have safe and pleasant conditions in which to work. The atmosphere should be one which reflects commitment, tolerance, care and respect, whilst celebrating the success of those who are part of the community.