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.


Why should I study this subject?

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.

What will I study?

Students will study three units.

  1. Safety and security in construction: this unit examines real life scenarios such as working at height, working on construction sites and with potentially dangerous tools and machinery. Students must learn to be able to identify hazards, suggest the possible consequences of them and what measures might be put in place to avoid injury or death. They will also look at basic health and safety law, fire safety, signage and the security of construction compounds and sites.
  2. Developing construction projects: this is the practical unit where students learn DIY skills and practice skills from across several trades. They will learn how to safely handle tools e.g. drills, hammers, pliers, saws, screwdrivers, spirit levels and tape measures. They will use materials such as timber, plasterboard, tiles and electrical cable, as well as products like adhesives, caulk, cement, emulsions, filler, gloss, grout, nails and screws.
  3. Planning construction projects: this involves real life scenarios that tradesmen and competent DIY practitioners may face. It involves the calculation of the quantities of materials needed and their cost e.g. tiles for a swimming pool, or flooring for a warehouse. It also involves planning out correct sequences of construction and timescales e.g. the correct order in which to order supplies and complete tasks on a small building extension project.

How will I be assessed?

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.

What skills will I learn?

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.

What equipment will I need?

Specialist construction and PPE safety equipment will be provided. Practical work is sometimes dirty so an apron / overall would be useful to protect uniform.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

The built environment is all around us. By studying this course you can begin to understand how the world around you is constructed.

Where can this subject take me?

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.

Where can I find out more?

What other subjects would compliment my learning in this qualification?

The Curriculum Team

Mr P Plunkett
Subject Leader of Architecture