Curriculum

Construction

Why study Construction?

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS A WIDE AND DIVERSE INDUSTRY WHICH OFFERS A HUGE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK IN, INCLUDING AREAS SUCH AS CARPENTRY, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL.

A broad range of construction activities and skills are covered in this subject allowing students to enhance their practical abilities and giving them a firm grounding to progress further with a career in the construction industry.

What will I learn about?

You will learn practical, hands on skills that are immediately transferable to the workplace, such as Tiling, Bricklaying and maintenance skills.

You will have to consider aspects that change and improve the value of the built environment in order to make recommendations on how to raise the quality of certain areas.

Key Areas:

  • Bricklaying
  • Tiling
  • Joinery and Carpentry
  • Electrical installation
  • Health & Safety
  • Project planning and material costing

How will I be assessed?

Practical Unit (worth 50%- mainly practical learning)

Learners will inspect different household construction areas and locate examples of maintenance that need to take place. They then plan the repair task, taking into account relevant health and safety issues. They will use carpentry, electrical and brickwork skills to carry out the repairs.

Planning Unit-Exam 1 (Worth 25% – External Exam)

Learners will learn about the stages of a construction project and all the people involved in realising a construction project.

Safety and Security Unit- Exam 2 (Worth 25%- External Exam)

Through this unit you will learn about the safety and security issues faced on a building site. Specifically you will learn about Health and Safety legislation relating to the safe working practices of a construction site. Alongside being able to identify risks and implement control measures. Finally you will study the security measures in place on building sites to prevent unauthorised access

What do employers think about the subject?

There is always a need for new buildings and with it comes the need for a myriad of workers.

The UK construction sector is in need of skilled professionals making it a great option for anyone looking to join the industry. 73% of construction firms need highly skilled construction workers.

Given that the industry currently has a high demand for workers, this course gives you some of the basic construction skills that employers are looking for and the first step to a rewarding job in construction. Whether you are looking for a desk job or something to get your hands dirty; you can find that job position at a construction site. From bricklayers, plasterers, surveyors, and engineers; the possibilities of work within a building site are limitless.

What are the skills I will gain?

You will gain skills in:

  • Measuring and marking out accurately
  • Tiling and grouting
  • Constructing wood joints for different purposes
  • Bricklaying
  • Wiring electrical sockets and switches correctly and safely
  • Health and Safety Practices on a Construction site
  • Calculating material quantities and planning job sequences on a construction project.

Year -by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 9 your child will study:

● Health and Safety legislation relating to the construction
● Risk assessment and security issues in the construction industry.
● Basic construction skills relating to joinery.
● Basic construction skills relating to tiling.

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, and summative assessments at the end of each unit of work.

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • Project management of construction projects.
  • Solving problems in a construction industry context.
  • Their unit 2 bricklaying task.
  • Their unit 2 electrical installation task.
  • Their unit 2 joinery task.
  • Revision of topics covered relating to health and safety legislation in the construction industry.
  • Revision of topics covered relating to risk assessment and security issues in the construction industry.

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each unit of work and a mock exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10

In Year 11 your child will study:

● Revision of topics covered relating to health and safety legislation in the construction industry.
● Revision of topics covered relating to risk assessment and security issues in the construction industry.
● Revision of topics covered relating to project management of construction projects.
● Revision of topics covered relating to solving problems in a construction industry context.
● Their unit 2 bricklaying task.
● Their unit 2 electrical installation task.
● Their unit 2 joinery task.

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each unit of work and mock exams at two set points during the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.