BTEC Construction (Level 1)


Students who choose BTEC Construction will develop a working understanding of what it is like to work in the Construction industry, with a particular focus on Carpentry and Joinery techniques and processes. BTEC Construction students must be organised and hard working to meet the needs of the set project briefs.

Course Outline

The aim of this course is to enable learners to:

  • Produce three-dimensional timber products. Learners will develop the skills needed to manufacture a product in timber and timber sheet materials.
  • Introduce learners to career opportunities in construction and the organisations that provide such opportunities. It encourages learners to make informed choices about their potential career options.
  • Introduce learners to the health and safety and welfare issues in construction. It aims to help learners to be aware of the potential hazards to which they may be exposed in construction environments and how to reduce these risks.
  • Introduces learners to drawing equipment and techniques. Learners will develop the skills needed to produce basic construction drawings, and will use these skills to produce a typical vertical section.

Assessment – Portfolio Work / Coursework / Controlled Assessment

BTEC Construction students are assessed on coursework only, units that are included in the course are as follows:

  • Unit 9: Starting work in Construction
  • Unit 10: Health and Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Unit 14: Developing Carpentry Skills
  • Unit 15: Developing Joinery Skills

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Career Opportunities

The construction industry remains one of the UK's biggest exports, generating revenues of over £81 billion a year and employing 2.8 million people. The sector embraces civil and structural engineering, construction, building services and surveying. It incorporates everything from house building to constructing dams and bridges; to road, rail and air transport infrastructures; and industrial plant, power stations and gas platforms.

Teaching Methods

For each two week cycle students will be timetabled for five periods of 60 minutes each. Three lessons will be practical based, where students will develop new skills and techniques that will help to improve their practical outcomes.
The other two periods will be theory based lessons. Focussing on the knowledge and understanding required to inform the production of the relevant written assignments appropriate to the units covered.
In Construction there is a need for regular learning and independent study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (