Head of Department: Mr Clare (email@example.com)
Construction is a small department situated on the East site of the school, working from two construction cabins with a large covered outside area. The intention of this department is not only to give students an insight into the daily activities that go on in the construction industry, but to give students real skills that they can take into the world of work and through life.
Currently we try and maintain the philosophy that we learn best through a hands on practical approach. However, BTEC courses are based on providing written evidence to back up that skills knowledge. In 2014 an exam was introduced that must be passed in order to gain the qualification.
At Key Stage 4 students are currently working towards a BTEC Level 2 Certificate (Edexcel) in Construction.
BTEC offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 2 qualification can extend a learner’s programme of study and provide a vocational emphasis. It is broadly equivalent to one GCSE.
The Construction BTEC aims to provide education and training for those intending to work in the construction industry and give them the chance to achieve a nationally recognised qualification; to provide learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
Candidates must complete four units, which involve studying issues related to the construction industry and learning a variety of skills, which include general construction areas such as understanding the building industry, heath and safety and estimating, as well as focused areas of study such as brickwork and block work. One of these units is assessed through external examination.