BTEC Construction course summary

What will I study?

Welcome to the world of Construction!  You will learn about the Construction Industry and the exciting work you could be involved in when you leave school.

Assessment structure:

Written exam and Controlled Assessment

Core Unit 1:  Construction Technology – Written Paper

This unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used in 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 are constructed.

1 hour – 25% of final grade. Candidates answer all questions.

Core Unit 2: Construction and Design – Controlled Assessment

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

25% of final grade

Mandatory Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction

Learners will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical construction contexts. Learners will develop an understanding of the scientific principles affecting the performance of construction materials and develop skills to perform mathematical calculations in construction contexts.

25% of final grade.

Specialist Unit Chosen from Plumbing, Brickwork or Joinery

This unit includes both theory and practical elements of a specific construction trade. Learners must show a detailed knowledge of tools, equipment, processes and techniques together with an understanding of health and safety practices. Learners will produce and be assessed on a practical model they produce.

25% of final grade.

How can this course help me in the future?

If you enjoy construction you could consider attending Derby College, it has a purpose built facility for trades such as plumbing, joinery, bricklaying etc. If you preferred office based work you could take a technical course to learn how to become a site manager, contracts manager, estimator, site engineer etc.

Subject Co-ordinator – Aaron Yeoman (YMN)

Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans for Construction can be downloaded here.