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WELCOME TO Construction

The construction course is for students who are considering a career in the construction industry or who simply wish to learn more about it. Successful students will have the opportunity to gain employment in the industry, go to college to study construction at Level 3, and then on to pursue their construction studies to Degree level.

We have two construction courses running at the moment. The current Y11 are studying the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Construction and they will complete this in July 2014. The BTEC Level 2 Award in Construction replaces this course and will be presented from September 2013.

The two courses are broadly similar, the main difference being that the ‘old’ course contains a significant amount of health and safety topics and also provides students with a range of practical ‘tasters’.

The following details are all about the new BTEC Construction Award Certificate.

This is a two year course with students completing 4 units comprising: Construction Technology, Construction and Design, Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction and Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques. Students are assessed externally through a 1 hour exam linked to the Construction Technology unit. The other units are internally assessed. Successful grades range from Level 1 (D) Level 2 Pass (C) Level 2 Merit (B) Level 2 Distinction (A) and Level 2 Distinction * (A*).

This course is designed to give students an understanding of how to build and construct houses, offices and retail units. During the course they will learn about:

Different forms of construction including the materials used sustainable practices, weather resistance and common structural forms. They will develop designs based upon client needs and design constraints, such as sustainability issues and planning regulations. They will also experience a small practical ‘taster’ through the study of carpentry and joinery.


Unit 1 Construction Technology:

Within this unit students will learn about what needs to be in place before a building is started. They will learn about how buildings are set out, how foundations are laid, and how walls, floors and roofs are constructed. This unit is assessed by a 1 hour written exam.

Unit 2 Construction and Design:

Within this unit students will learn about how buildings are designed. They will examine a range of building jobs, from new builds, to high-rise apartments to refurbishing and conserving older properties.

Unit 3 Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction:

Within this unit students are guided through the scientific and mathematical skills required for construction. They will learn about the forces acting upon a building, the calculations needed to check that a building is square and the properties of typical construction materials.

Unit 6 Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques:

Within this unit students learn about the hand tools and materials commonly used to perform carpentry and joinery tasks. They are taught how to apply safe working practices and how to mark out a range of joints. Students are then tested on their ability to make a timber frame to close tolerances.

The course is continuously assessed and it is important that deadlines are met in order to be successful. No two courses are the same as we take advantage of opportunities such as offers of site visits and hosting guest speakers.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

Previous trips have included Centenary Quay Woolston, Bursledon Brickworks and the Sustainability Centre at East Meon.


Mr Tucker (Head of Faculty)