Construction and the Built Environment

Construction is a big industry, and 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.

Staff
  • Paul Hickey – Head of Construction
  • Mark Kingsley Hayes – 6th Form Construction Lead
  • Martin McHugh – 6th Form Construction Teacher
  • Richard Blight – Construction Technician

KS4

Overview

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

The course gives an insight into the construction industry. Learners 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.

Assessment

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

Core Units

  • Unit 1: Construction Technology (Externally assessed exam).
  • Unit 2: Construction and Design (Centre provided workbooks, portfolio of work and technical drawings).

Mandatory units

  • Unit 3: Science and Mathematical Applications for Construction (Centre provided workbooks).

Optional Specialist Units

  • Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques (Practical assessments and portfolio of work).
  • Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques (Practical assessments and portfolio of work).
  • Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques (Practical assessments and portfolio of work).
  • Exploring Electrical Principles and Techniques (Practical assessments and portfolio of work).

Year 9

Construction Skills

Throughout this year learners will develop a wide range of new skills to enable them to progress onto the year 10/11 BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment. The course 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 and Design Techniques

Learners will have the opportunity to develop skills in producing construction sketches, drawings, models and mood boards using relevant techniques, conventions and standards. This will include the use of scale, hatchings, lines, dimensions, annotations and projection methods used in construction drawings.

Learners 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.

  • Construction Mathematics

This unit aims to show learners how their maths skills can be transferred from the classroom into the field that they would like to work in. Throughout this unit learners will work towards bridging the gap between what has been learnt in previous years, and what needs to be remembered and re-learnt for use in exams and in the workplace. The intention of this unit is to improve the students’ understanding of basic maths concepts and demonstrate how they can be applied to the work place.

  • Carpentry and Joinery

In this unit learners will be introduced to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment required in this work area. Learners will develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to be able to produce a range of timber joints and simple carpentry projects. Students will also learn 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.

  • Brickwork

Students 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 & 11

Core Units

Unit 1: Construction Technology. (Externally assessed exam)

Learners will develop a detailed understanding of how walls, floors and roofs are constructed, and 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 learners 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 when undertaking construction-related activities. Learners 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

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

This unit will introduce learners to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by carpenters and joiners. Students 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. Learners 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 learner 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 students will learn some of the basics about painting and decorating. Learners will become familiar with some of the tools, materials and equipment that painters and decorators use in their work and develop some basic painting and wallpapering skills. They 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.

KS5

Overview

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

Year 12: Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

This course has been designed to offer a wide range of practical skills and construction knowledge with a clear progression route to either a Trade/Craft apprenticeship and training at Level 2; or onto a Level 3 Construction and The built Environment course for those wishing to pursue a managerial/planning or surveying career in the Industry

  • Required Skills/Attributes

You should have an interest in the construction & built environment industry, good communication skills and be interested in developing an understanding of the broad perspectives of design and construction. 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 and skills.

Year 13: Pearson BTEC Level 3, National Foundation Diploma/Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment.

The Foundation Diploma is for learners looking to study construction as a one year, full-time course, or for those wishing to take it alongside another area of contrasting or complementary study, as part of a two-year, fulltime study programme.

The course contains knowledge of Health and safety, Construction Technology, Surveying and management Principles.

The Learners will develop an understanding of the design of buildings and how and why buildings are constructed as they are. This will include Knowledge of the regulations that control the design and construction of low rise buildings and the planning application process. In addition knowledge and understanding of management techniques and principles and how they are implemented into project and site management.

There are two mandatory and externally assessed units, these are externally set and marked. These must achieve a minimum of a pass and can be re-sat only once during the programme.

All other units are internally set and assessed, then externally verified. The assessments are mainly in the form of written assignments and presentations. The surveying unit has practical surveying tasks that are assessed using observation during the tasks and assessment of written work to set criteria.

Progression beyond sixth form

The skills learnt throughout the duration of these courses will enable the candidates to identify technical careers in the Construction Industry they may want to pursue. The following list identifies some of the opportunities available. The likely salary that could be earned when fully qualified would range from £25k to £60k per year depending on chosen career.

Professional Careers:

  • Architect
  • Building Surveyor
  • Land Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Projects Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Site Foreman

All of these careers are accessible through Higher Apprenticeships or through Further or Higher Education on successful completion of this course.

Year 12

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.

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.

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. The units are all EXPLORING modules, to introduce the learner to the required skills, knowledge and a taste of the work undertaken in those trades ,

Construction Drawing Techniques

In this unit you will initially investigate the different kinds of drawings used in the construction industry and explore the purpose of each. This will be followed by an introduction to the resources needed to produce these drawings. You will become familiar with the drawing equipment and materials in common use. You will also be introduced to a computer-aided drafting (CAD) environment.

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.

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.

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.

Exploring Electrical Principles and Techniques

In this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of electrical principles and techniques and the skills necessary to safely perform simple tasks associated with electrical installation. You will recognise the hazards and risks associated with electrical work.
(This unit does not provide for the requirements of electrical occupational competence.)

Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and techniques

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.

Exploring Wall and Floor Tiling Principles and techniques

In this unit, you will learn about hand tools, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the safe working techniques used to perform wall and floor tiling tasks. You will learn about the potential health and safety hazards involved in wall and floor tiling, how to carry out a risk assessment and safe working practices in the use of common tools and equipment.

Exploring Roofing Principles and techniques

In this unit, you will learn about hand tools, access equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe working techniques used to perform roofing operations. You will learn about the potential health and safety hazards in roofing, how to carry out a risk assessment, and safe working practices in the use of common tools and equipment. You will also develop the knowledge, skills and techniques to determine and select appropriate materials to carry out roofing tasks.

Year 13

There are four mandatory units, two of which are external assessments and 3 optional units. The optional units have been selected as they become mandatory should the learner progress to a second year of level 3 studies.

Construction Principles (Mandatory, external assessment).

In this unit, you will develop the skills needed to solve a variety of practical construction problems by applying scientific knowledge and carrying out mathematical and statistical techniques. You will learn about the science underpinning the manufacture, properties and degradation of construction materials. You will apply mathematical principles and techniques to carry out calculations that determine how materials behave under the action of forces or loads when used as structural members, and draw conclusions regarding whether a material is fit for purpose. You will understand scientific principles and apply them to heat loss, sound reduction and lighting levels to provide human comfort during structure design, build and refurbishment.

Construction Design (Mandatory, external assessment).

In this unit, you will learn the principles and practice involved in the design and construction of low and medium-rise buildings and structures, and gains an understanding of how design is influenced by client requirements and external constraints. You will consider the stages involved in the design and construction process and gain an understanding of the use of design techniques, including sketching and computer-aided design (CAD) to provide efficient methods of designing, constructing and maintaining structures over their life cycle..

Construction Technology (Mandatory).

In this unit, you will examine various forms of low-rise construction and consider the most appropriate forms for differing site conditions and client requirements. You will gain an understanding of the different types of foundation that could be used on a project and the factors that influence its selection. You will investigate superstructure, external works design and construction, considering the most appropriate specifications and details for given scenarios.

Health and Safety in Construction (Mandatory).

In this unit, you will examine the responsibilities of employees and employers with regard to UK legislation and regulations and the procedures used to control hazards and risks for construction operations across a range of activities. You will use relevant policies and procedures to design a safe system of work that could be instigated and maintained in a construction context. You will also investigate how all aspects of health and safety are monitored to ensure they are kept up to date, well informed and any changes are evaluated and controlled.

Surveying in Construction

In this unit, you will become familiar with basic surveying techniques and will carry out surveying tasks and present fieldwork data in a suitable format. You will consider the nature of survey measurements, the instruments used and the errors inherent in the measurement systems, including the best ways to reduce or eliminate them.

Building Regulations and Control in Construction

This unit will teach you how to apply for building regulations approval, which you will be able to use in professional practice in your future career. To enable you to do this, you will learn about the different options available, the documents required and the process of making an application. The unit is designed to be hands-on and practical and, on successful completion, you will have a good knowledge and understanding of the process.

Management of a Construction Project

In this unit, you will examine the techniques needed to manage a project from start to completion. You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the construction management team, which will include planning, forecasting, organising, buying, motivating and cost control. You will carry out planning and production control techniques and apply these skills to the design of building programmes.