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Construction

Paul Hickey – Head of Construction

Mark Kingsley Hayes – 6th Form Construction Teacher

Martin McHugh – 6th Form Construction Teacher

Samuel Rowland – Construction Technician

Construction is a big industry, employs 10 per cent of the UK working population and is looking to recruit a further 185,000 over the next five years. Construction is a modern, dynamic and exciting industry at the forefront of technological innovation and sustainability.

There are lots of opportunities in construction for both males and females, of all backgrounds, with both academic qualifications and practical skills. Careers in construction are rewarding and varied. The industry pays well and there are good opportunities for progression and foreign travel.

People who work in construction create and shape the spaces we live in, helping to transform local communities and our everyday lives.


KEY STAGE 4


Year 9

Throughout this year you will learner and develop a wide range of new skills to enable you to progress onto the year 10 BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment. You will look at the importance of Health and Safety in carrying out construction activities and put this into practice when working on practical projects.

Construction Drawing Techniques

You will have the opportunity to develop skills in producing construction sketches and drawings using relevant techniques, conventions and standards. This will include scales, hatchings, lines, dimensions, annotations and projection methods used in construction drawings. It is generally believed that the best way to learn construction drawing is to practise its techniques, and that is what you will do.

You will become familiar with the drawing equipment and materials in common use and the resources needed to produce these drawings. This skill is transferable and you can use it in a range of contexts within the industry.

Carpentry and Joinery

You will learn about carpentry and joinery the potential safety hazards and how to carry out a risk assessment and what is safe working practice in the use of common tools and equipment. You will be introduced to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment required in this work area. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to be able to produce a range of timber joints and simple carpentry projects

Brickwork

You will learn the importance of setting out and constructing brick walling using a number of different bonding methods. Other important skills taught throughout this course include knowing how to prepare and set up a safe work area, trowel skills including: rolling mortar, spreading and preparation of the bed joint, application of mortar to vertical joints, simple tooled ‘bucket handle’ jointing and laying and bedding bricks and blocks to line.

Year 10 and 11

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

COURSE OUTLINE

The course gives an insight into the construction industry. You will develop a detailed understanding of how walls, floors and roofs are constructed; learn the importance of each component part, along with its functions. Analyse needs and constraints in order to produce a client brief for a low-rise domestic building. Understand how to use mathematical and scientific principles to solve construction problems. Develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to determine and select appropriate materials to safely carry out practical carpentry, brickwork and painting and decorating tasks.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

The course consists of 2 core, 1 mandatory and 1 specialist unit, ensuring all learners develop areas of essential construction knowledge

Core Units

  • Unit 1: Construction Technology. (Externally assessed exam)

You will develop a detailed understanding of how walls, floors and roofs are constructed, and you will be able to name each component part, along with its functions.

  • Unit 2: Construction and Design.( Centre provided workbooks, portfolio of work and technical drawings)

In this unit you will analyse needs and constraints in order to produce a typical client brief for a low-rise domestic building (up to 5.2 metres in height) and produce a range of sketch proposals or ideas from this.

Mandatory units

Unit 3: Science and Mathematical Applications for Construction.

The content of the unit has been designed to focus specifically on concepts that will be clearly and immediately useful to you when undertaking construction-related activities. You will be able to appreciate the importance of these concepts to the construction industry, and be much better placed to apply them in a wide vocational context.

Optional Specialist Units

You will produce work across all of the optional units but only be assessed in your preferred trade area.

  • Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques. (Practical assessments and portfolio of work)

This unit will introduce you to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by carpenters and joiners. You will learn about the potential health and safety hazards in a carpentry and joinery work area, how to carry out a risk assessment, and what are safe working practice in the use of common tools and equipment. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to determine and select appropriate materials to produce a timber frame to a given specification.

  • Unit 7: Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques. (Practical assessments and portfolio of work)

This unit will introduce you to commonly used hand tools, equipment and craft skills needed to construct basic brickwork and blockwork structures. Emphasis is placed on the correct selection and safe use of the appropriate tools and equipment, and on working safely.

  • Unit 8: Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques. (Practical assessments and portfolio of work)

In this unit you will learn some of the basics about painting and decorating. You will familiarise yourself with some of the tools, materials and equipment that painters and decorators use in their work and develop some basic painting and wallpapering skills. You will learn how to use these skills safely by assessing the risks and planning to reduce them. Achieving a high-quality finish when painting and hanging wallpaper is dependent upon preparing the surface properly and thus you will learn how to prepare surfaces that have cracks, holes and other imperfections. All these skills will help to prepare you for further learning in painting and decorating.

YOU WILL DO WELL ON THIS COURSE IF…

  • You have a passion for construction & the built environment.
  • You are interested in developing an understanding of the broad perspectives of the design and construction world.
  • You are good at problem solving and have basic ICT skills.
  • You are willing to work independently and in groups.
  • You have good time management and personal organisational skills (these are essential if coursework deadlines are to be met successfully).

KEY STAGE 5


There are opportunities to embark on a diverse array of Post 16 studies and careers; these include  Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Electrician, Site Management, Plumbing, Carpentry, Bricklaying and Decorating.

Bodmin College Construction Department offer:

  • Year 12 BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 First Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.
  • Year 13 Optional trade relevant training courses.

Year 12

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

Required Skills/Attributes

You should have a passion for the construction & built environment world, good visual communication skills and be interested in developing an understanding of the broad perspectives of the design and construction world. You must be good at problem solving have basic ICT skills. You must be prepared to work in groups or independently. You must also have good time management and personal organisation skills, these are essential if coursework deadlines are to be met successfully.

Future Pathways

The BTEC Construction &the Built Environment course allow you the freedom to express yourself in a structured environment though coursework which you will find engaging, stimulating and exciting. There are opportunities to embark on diverse array of future studies and careers; these include engineering, architecture, Quantity Surveying, Electrician, Site Management, Plumbing & many more.

Course Outline

This is a one year course that will test your practical skills, communication skills and your ability to produce work on time, every time. The course consists of core, mandatory and specialist units, ensuring all learners develop areas of essential construction knowledge

Core Units

Construction Technology

You will develop a detailed understanding of how walls, floors and roofs are constructed, and you will be able to name each component part, along with its functions. (Externally assessed)

Construction and Design

In this unit you will analyse needs and constraints in order to produce a typical client brief for a low-rise domestic building (up to 5.2 metres in height) and produce a range of sketch proposals or ideas from this.

Maintenance and Adaptation of Buildings

By the end of this unit you will be able to inspect a property, and consider what repairs are needed and what future maintenance may be required. You will also be able design adaptations for properties that will meet the requirements of your client, users and the regulators who monitor and check this kind of work.

Mandatory units

Science and Mathematical Applications for Construction

The content of the unit has been designed to focus specifically on concepts that will be clearly and immediately useful to you when undertaking construction-related activities. You will be able to appreciate the importance of these concepts to the construction industry, and be much better placed to apply them in a wide vocational context.

The Construction Industry

In this unit you will also explore approaches to help you seek employment in the construction industry and gain confidence in job-seeking situations. You will investigate the sources of construction vacancies and prepare a covering letter and curriculum vitae (CV) for a job description provided by your teacher. You will then learn how to prepare yourself for an interview.

Construction Processes and Operations

This unit aims to develop your knowledge of the processes and operations used in low-rise construction, the sequencing of construction work, and how the properties of construction materials affect their specification and use. For this unit, ‘low-rise construction’ applies to a building 5.2 metres in height or less.

Sustainability in Construction

In this unit you will examine how construction activity has an impact on our physical, social and economic environments to gain an understanding of what approaches need to be taken in order to minimise the impacts. It will also focus on the associated short- and long-term benefits of this provision. (Externally assessed)

Specialist Units

These will be the practical units which will provide the opportunity for learners to focus more closely on practical vocational area, supporting progression into more specialised level 3 vocational course, academic course or into an apprenticeship. Each unit is comprised of an initial EXPLORING module, to introduce the learner to the required skills and knowledge, followed by an OPERATIONS module which will extend and further develop the learner’s practical skills. All practical units are internally assessed.

Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

This unit will introduce you to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by carpenters and joiners. You will learn about the potential health and safety hazards in a carpentry and joinery work area, how to carry out a risk assessment, and what are safe working practice in the use of common tools and equipment. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to determine and select appropriate materials to produce a timber frame to a given specification.

Carpentry and Joinery Operations

In this unit you will build upon the skills and knowledge gained from Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques. You will learn about the various duties of employers and employees to ensure your safety when working in a carpentry and joinery environment. You will also undertake practical activities, making sure that you work safely at all times. Your practical activities will include calculating the amount of materials and equipment you need and scheduling them for use.

Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques

In this unit you will learn some of the basics about painting and decorating. You will familiarise yourself with some of the tools, materials and equipment that painters and decorators use in their work and develop some basic painting and wallpapering skills. You will learn how to use these skills safely by assessing the risks and planning to reduce them. Achieving a high-quality finish when painting and hanging wallpaper is dependent upon preparing the surface properly and thus you will learn how to prepare surfaces that have cracks, holes and other imperfections. All these skills will help to prepare you for further learning in painting and decorating.

Painting and Decorating Operations

In this unit you will build on the skills and knowledge gained from Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques and learn more about applying paints and hanging wallpapers. You will learn about the resources required, including the tools, materials and equipment needed to perform these tasks, how to estimate the required quantities of materials, and how to work safely. You will learn about some of the key areas of health and safety legislation that impact on painters and decorators and their employers. You will develop painting and wallpapering skills that will help you to produce good quality finishes.

Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques

This unit will give you the opportunity to explore the different tools and equipment used for plumbing operations and to learn how they are used to cut and bend pipework and fasten fittings together. The safe use of tools and equipment is essential as plumbing often takes place within tight and enclosed spaces.

Plumbing Operations

In this unit you will build upon the skills and knowledge gained from Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques. This unit will offer you the opportunity to explore the health and safety requirements applicable when you are installing plumbing systems and the requirements of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations that operate within the UK, with which all installers of water pipework must comply.

Year 13

Cskills Awards Level 2 Diploma in Fitted Interiors

The learner will learn key practical skills and knowledge in these mandatory units:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace
  • Installing Fitted Furniture in the Workplace

This level 2 qualification will give you a robust understanding of Fitted Interiors. You do not need any prior qualifications to undertake this level 2 qualification. On completion, other job roles could include:-Kitchen fitter-Bathroom fitter-Bedroom fitter-Fitted furniture installer-Plumber.  This is a 1 year course which includes 5 modules based around constructing and fitting flat pack furniture with an emphasis on health and safety and following correct procedures.

Practical skills will be enhanced by fitting flat pack units, cutting worktops and installing kitchen sinks to industry standard.

Each module has a theory based element and an online exam at the end of the unit.  The 2 practical modules both have an additional practical test which is a time based assessment of the student’s skills and knowledge.

More information about KS5 courses can be found on the Bodmin College Sixth Form website.