This course is designed to inspire and enthuse students to consider a career in the construction sector. It gives students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding, knowledge of, and skills in, the construction sector. It supports progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship
and gives students the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.
Minimum qualification: Level 1 First Award
Unit 1: Construction Technology – this unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Students 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: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – in this unit students will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical construction contexts. Students will develop an understanding of the scientific principles affecting the performance of construction materials and develop skills to perform mathematical calculations in construction contexts.
Unit 3: Construction and Design – in this unit students will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes and the contribution it makes to wider society. They 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 4: Follows the principles of carpentry and joinery.
Unit 1 is assessed externally.
Units 2, 3 and 4 are assessed internally via completion of assignments.
The First Award in Construction and the Built Environment provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for Level 2 learners to progress to:
- Other Level 2 vocational qualifications
- Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Construction
- Related academic qualifications
- Employment within the construction industry
Due to Health and Safety restrictions, Construction is limited to 20 places.