What will be studied?
The WJEC Award in Constructing the Built Environment is a level 2 vocational qualification that is equivalent to a GCSE.
It is designed to support students to learn about the construction industry from the build perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the sector and the types of career opportunities available. It is also suitable as a foundation for further study.
The course will provide learners with the awareness of the work of different types of job roles in the sector such as plumbers, carpenters and decorators. As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies in order to pursue those job roles.
Who will this course suit?
Students choosing the course need to be organised and enjoy working with tools. They should enjoy a varied curriculum and learning through hands-on practical experience as well as classroom based study. Students need to be self-motivated and enthusiastic to learn about the construction industry.
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How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed through three main components designed to motivate learners through purposeful tasks set in a construction industry context.
- Safety and security in construction. This is the exam component of the courses and is worth 25% of the total GCSE.
- Practical construction skills. This is the practical element of the course. It is worth 50% of the total GCSE and is internally assessed at the College.
- Planning construction project. This is worth 25% of the course and is also internally assessed at the college.
What will this qualification lead to?
The construction industry employs over 3 million people in the UK alone and offers a diverse range of employment opportunities. Careers are available in all phases of the construction process from initial ideas and designs through to building and the on-going planning and maintenance of structures. This qualification provides individuals with a potential starting point in this highly dynamic industry. This qualification could lead to higher education in all aspects of the building trade as well as apprenticeships.