The construction sector is something that a wide array of students are interested in and this course opens doors for our students. The course is designed to provide learners with a comprehensive framework of knowledge, understanding and promotion of applied skills that this multi-disciplined sector relies upon. It provides an excellent jumping off point for students who wish to go on and specialise within the sector at post-16 level.
The construction sector is vital to any country for maintenance, improvement and growth of its infrastructure, buildings and engineering stock. A comprehension of institutional standards, procedures and business processes of the specialised disciplines that drive and administer the industry is relevant to all those who work or desire to be part of this established sector.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, allowing it to be accessed by all students, regardless of their prior knowledge.
The course has been designed to be delivered over one or two years. This allows the course content in our context (two years) to be re-capped and expanded upon, enhancing knowledge and fusing it into long term memory.
Students work on three elements – Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3. Unit 1 and 3 are external exams, focused on ‘Health and safety’ in construction and ‘planning and executing construction projects’ respectively. Unit 2 is non-exam assessment, blending application of practical skills and the ‘nuts and bolts’ of planning and preparation for tasks.
Unit one: ‘Know health and safety legal requirements for working in the construction industry’. Students complete research and study case studies to explore Health and Safety within Construction. This allows students to have a basic understanding of expectations within work, this supports them going into work experience, as well as being something that can be referred back to throughout the course.
Unit two: students enjoy an engaging variety of practical construction tasks;
Electrical- wiring a ring main two-gang plug socket and a switched live lighting unit.
Painting and Decorating– preparing wood/wall, then painting (primer/undercoat/emulsion/ gloss) and applying accurate wall paper.
Carpentry– Students make a lap-joint frame for a window.
They complete a detailed write up of all elements of practical, which is used as evidence. Students are marked on their evidence of task setting, their actual practical and their review of their success. The write up includes how they have been able to interpret technical information, how they have planned and prepared for their practical work, are they able to identify resources required for construction tasks, how have they calculated resources, and finally how successful have they been, measured against success criteria. The final outcome is photographed and checked for accuracy. Unit one health and safety points are referred back to alongside practical to reinforce knowledge.
Unit three: Students look at jobs within construction, how projects are managed in terms of planning and with regards to the environment. They work through real world scenarios using knowledge built in both previous units alongside new content to establish an understanding of how everything fits together in sequence, overtime to produce successful builds and projects from the individual job, to the wider, large scale endeavours such as housing developments. They also have the opportunity to meet workers from the industry, aiding a depth of understanding.
All units are delivered in a staggered sequence across both years, this allows key elements to be redelivered where required; for example, the application of mathematical skills can be a problem area for students, so is revisited on several occasions. Likewise, the job roles and control checks are drip feed back into the practical sessions, making the points more relevant, hence the learning is more engrained in students’ schema.
Students should complete the course not with just a grade but with a wealth of highly applicable knowledge on the construction industry. The course provides an excellent base for students to go into explore construction further. They will know which career within the industry they are most interested in, as well as knowing how projects are run. If students do not decide to enhance their construction career, this building block will ensure that students have a well-rounded knowledge of health and safety and maths in practice which will go on to help them in later life and act as excellent transferable skills.
The course enables learners to gain essential employability skills that are valued by employers, further education and higher education including: literacy and numeracy, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, planning and organisation, creativity and innovation, personal effectiveness.
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