Construction - Key Stage 4

Course Details:

The BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment prepares students for virtually any career in the construction sector. It introduces key roles and key skills such as Construction Technology, Construction and Design as well as exploring Plumbing, Painting and Decorating, Carpentry and Technical drawing. It will also build confidence in the Science and Maths that are needed in a career in construction.



The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award

The course is made up of two core units, one mandatory unit as well as an additional  optional specialist unit, thereby providing an opportunity to develop a broader understanding of the construction sector, i.e. the opportunity to acquire knowledge, understanding and practical skills identified by employers.


Two Core units

The core units underpin the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the construction and built environment sector.


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 as a written examination. (1 hour).


Unit 2: 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.  Students will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.


One Mandatory unit

Unit 3: 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.


Optional Specialist unit

Students choose one further specialist unit offered within this qualification, This will build on the core and the mandatory units to provide them with an opportunity to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of areas of the construction sector, depending on their interests and motivation. The range of optional specialist units included in this qualification are suitable for students already considering a career in the construction sector or for progression into further study. One optional unit can be chosen from the list below and it  will be internally assessed but externally moderated.

  • Unit 5: Construction Drawing Techniques

  • Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

  • Unit 7: Exploring Blockwork and Brickwork Principles and Techniques

  • Unit 8: Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques

  • Unit 9: Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques

Pupils can achieve a BTEC L2 qualification with grades ranging from a Distinction * to a Pass which is equivalent to G.C.S.E grades A* to C.

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