Title of qualification achieved at the end of the course

Construction – Designing the Built Environment, L1/2 Award (WJEC)

What will you learn/How will you be taught?

The course structure is 75% coursework, 25% examination (sat in May of Year 10, a 6 hour controlled assessment).

The lessons are structured as follows (per fortnight):

2 lessons (one per week) of theory (homework will be set in these lessons);

1 double lesson of focussed practical work – developing your designing and practical skills;

4 lessons on extended projects (including coursework) – these lessons will develop your investigative, design and problem-solving skills.

The course focusses mainly on the design and planning of construction projects. We do some practical work as an enrichment activity to gain a better understanding of the skills and processes involved, but this is, by no means, the main focus of the course.

Students should expect no more than 15 hours of practical work across the year.

Students will experience a range of hand and computer-based design software and will end up using these skills to complete an extended coursework unit (under timed conditions).

There is likely to be an additional cost for PPE if this subject is chosen.

Why study this subject?

In Construction we cover the WJEC Level 1/2 Award in ‘Designing the Built Environment’ course. The course is designed to support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about the construction industry from the design and planning perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the design sector of the construction industry and the types of career opportunities available. It is mainly suitable as a foundation for further study. This further study could provide learners with an awareness of the work of different types of job roles in the sector, such as architects, design engineers, surveyors and planning officers. As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies into Higher Education in order to pursue those job roles.