Our aim is to inspire our students to think, problem solve, Design, Engineer and Construct products using the 4 design stages, Identify, Design, Optimise, Validate.
Students will cover a wide range of skills, knowledge, and creativity using traditional, hand and computer-based experiences.
Y7/8 Projects include, Bug House and Solar Light.
Y9 projects include, House construction Techniques, Passive Amp / Desk Tidy.
This is a hands-on course for any student with an interest in practical skills. It is suitable for students of all abilities that may wish to increase their DIY skills for use in later life, or who may wish to become a tradesperson e.g. builder, carpenter, decorator, electrician, joiner, plasterer or plumber. It is also suitable for those hoping to work within the architectural, building supplies, construction, engineering, health & safety, manufacturing or security industries.
Students will study three units.
Unit 1 has a 60 minute examination based on safety and security within construction. It is worth 60 marks and 25% of the qualification. There can be an attempt at this at the end of Year 10 and another in Year 11. The highest grade counts.
Unit 2 is a controlled assessment component done in school. It is worth 50% of the qualification.
Unit 3 is a 120 minute examination based on planning construction projects. It is worth 60
marks and 25% of the qualification. There can be an attempt at this at the end of Year 10 and another in Year 11. The highest grade counts.
Unit 1 covers knowledge on safety and security within construction. Health and safety personal protective equipment and risk assessments are all covered in depth
Unit 2 allows students to demonstrate a range of practical skills and to record and evaluate their progress. You will build a stud wall out of timber, then cut and affix plasterboard, before cutting out, mounting and wiring up an electrical switch and socket. You will then be asked to tile and grout a section of the stud wall, affix skirting and use filler and caulk to make good any defects before decorating the remainder. You will learn and demonstrate a wide range of practical construction skills.
Unit 3 is based on planning construction projects. It covers project management, selecting the correct tradesperson, selecting materials, ordering and sequencing work.
Specialist construction and PPE safety equipment will be provided. Practical work is sometimes dirty so an apron / overall would be useful to protect uniform.
The built environment is all around us. By studying this course you can begin to understand how the world around you is constructed.
This course can provide a good basis with which to continue study into vocational courses Post-16, with a view to entering the building and construction trade.
Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.