Construction and the Built Environment
From ultra-modern offices, state-of-the-art sports arenas and sprawling shopping centre’s to heritage sites, shops and family homes, construction literally shapes the towns and cities we live in. International gas and oil pipelines and ambitious transportation developments like Japan’s Seikan Tunnel and the Channel Tunnel have taken construction under water. And with the advent of space stations, construction projects are extending beyond our humble planet to the outer limits.
But whether on land, under sea or in space, transforming plan to structure requires the input of hundreds of specialties, making construction a diverse and multi-faceted discipline. It’s no surprise, then, that construction is the UK’s largest industry, employing 2.2 million people. However, despite the enormity of its workforce it faces skills shortages. Current strategies seek to introduce half a million skilled and qualified entrants to the industry by 2015, presenting an exciting and lucrative opportunity for learners of all ages.
Through studying this specification, students develop knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. They also develop and practice some of the craft, computer aided design (CAD) and technical skills that are widely used in the construction industry. Students have opportunities to apply their developing knowledge and skills in relevant, enjoyable and work-related contexts.
This specification prepares students for further education, training or employment in the construction industry. It helps them to develop and practice key transferable skills that are important in working life.
GCSE COURSE STRUCTURE
Unit 1: The Construction Industry for the 21st Century: External Assessment 40%
Unit 2: The Construction Craft Project: Controlled Assessment 30%
Unit 3: Computer Aided Design in Construction: Controlled Assessment 30%
A LEVEL Construction BTEC Level 2 Course Structure
The main modules of study are:
- Introduction to the Construction Industry
- Construction Mathematics
- Construction Drawing
- Construction Processes
- Exploring Joinery Operations
- Exploring Plumbing Operations
- Exploring Electrical Operations.
2014 GCSE 100%
Mr K Convery
Mr C McNaughton