• Head of subject: Mr M Lawless
  • Qualifications: BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Examining body: Pearson Education (Edexcel)

This qualification will…

  • Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction sector
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of,and develop skills in, the construction industry
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship
  • Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.

You will study 4 units in total with 2 being core units and 2 being specifically selected units. The units you will study are as follows:

  • Unit 1: Construction Technology –

This unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Learners will develop an understanding of the structural performance required for low-rise construction, and explore how substructures and superstructures are constructed. This unit will be externally assessed.

  • Unit 2: Construction and Design –

In this unit learners will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes and the contribution it makes to wider society. Learners will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.

  • Unit 5: Construction Drawing Techniques –

Students will develop the techniques to interpret and produce clear construction drawings through a variety of methods.

  • Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques –

In this unit learners will develop a broad understanding of tools, materials and equipment used in carpentry and joinery. Develop practical skills using safe techniques to produce a timber frame.

the skills and qualities you need to succeed in this course are

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • The ability to research independently, analyse and evaluate information
  • Good practical skills

how is the course assessed

The BTEC is assessed in two ways, the first being an exam sat by every student under taking the course and the second is by completing written reports and practical tasks. Unit 1 Construction Technology is assessed by students sitting an exam, the other three units are all assessed through written assignments and practical tasks.

what might you study after this

Students successfully completing the Level 2 course will be able to progress to the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Construction. Students successfully completing the Level 3 course will be able to progress to HND or Degree level qualification. Students will also be able to choose an appropriate apprenticeship.

possible careers

Students may choose a varied job range within construction ranging from jobs such as carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, to construction management, design engineering etc.

for more information contact

Mr M Lawless