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BTEC First Award in Construction & the Built Environment

Curriculum Progress Leader: Skills Centre Plus

Level 1 / Level 2 First Award

Graded Pass, Merit & Distinction 1 exam 3 centre assessed tasks

Unit 1: Construction Technology (25%)

Unit 2: Construction & Design (25%)

Unit 3: Scientific & Mathematical Applications for Construction (25%)

Optional Unit : (25%)

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What are the benefits of the course?

  • The course offers a different learning and assessment style.  It is broken down into 4 units; 2 core units, 1 mandatory unit and 1 optional unit
  • The course provides a mixture of academic study and practical workshop sessions to prepare learners for a range of careers within the construction industry.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification includes an externally assessed unit in the core. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning, or to academic qualifications.

  • Unit 1: Construction Technology is externally assessed in the form of an exam.
  • The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they gather and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.
  • There are two Core Units: Construction Technology and Construction and Design and a Mandatory Unit: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction.
  • You will study a range skills from: Construction Drawing Techniques, Exploring Trowel Operations, Performing Blockwork Operations, Performing Brickwork Operations, Exploring Painting & Decorating, Performing Decorative Techniques, Performing Wallpapering Techniques, and Exploring Joinery Skills. You will then specialise in one of the areas for your assessment.

What key skills will I develop on the course?

  • Using hand tools,  equipment,  materials and craft skills required to  perform   basic operations within each of the specialist units studied (Carpentry and Joinery, Trowel Operations, Plastering, Tiling, Painting and Decorating)
  • All activities will be simulated to reflect real life work activities. You will explore job roles across the industry and gain an understanding about the responsibilities and the types of activities  undertaken by those working in construction

What will this qualification allow me to do?

  • A BTEC National qualification in Construction for progress up to professional job roles
  • Apprenticeships or construction award courses within specific craft areas of the industry

*Please seek advice about post-16 progression. Certain GCSE grades are required for the above courses.