Construction and the built environment

Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty.


Our vision in construction is for students to be able to enjoy a unique experience within their timetable at Hayfield. They will develop life-long hands-on skills that will equip them with the invaluable know-how for enjoying,  living and developing their own homes in the future. We aim for students to have access to the correct and  relevant tools and correct real life materials. The syllabus will also involve studying the theory of construction and enable further study within the wide and varied construction sector.

Curriculum Intent

The built environment transforms the world around us. It uses new technologies, materials and processes alongside the traditional. 

Real world projects can include huge infrastructure like bridges or tunnels alongside smaller scale renovation tasks like new bathrooms or kitchens. You will be taught about all aspects of construction, about building skills, about architecture, buildings and civil engineering. This course intends to help you develop a good foundation for deciding if a career in the construction sector is for you. The course also intends to help develop a keen interest in DIY.


Why should I study this subject?

Are you interested in the construction sector, trades or DIY-home improvement? Do you enjoy practical hands-on activities and making things? Do you enjoy learning about construction projects, materials, tools and health and safety?  Can you follow plans and instructions well? Would you like to spend time in the workshop area at Hayfield  producing practical outcomes in a variety of trade areas from Carpentry to tiling? Then this could be the course for you.

What will I learn?

Introduction to the Built Environment Unit. You will learn about the construction industry; the built environment life cycle; types of building and structure; technologies and materials; building structures and forms; sustainable construction methods; different trades, employment and careers; plus Health and safety.

Constructing the Built Environment Unit. You will study three different construction trade areas of the built environment, including planning, undertaking and evaluating construction tasks. These trade areas are: textiles • wood • brick • plaster • decoration • tiles • electrical • plumbing • heritage. You will be introduced to the principles of the built environment and have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding in identifying, explaining and evaluating different ideas and concepts of the built environment. You will explore a range of professional and trade roles, as well as explore some of the different structures and buildings of the built environment around us.

How will I be assessed?

You will have one exam for Introduction to the Built Environment Unit  which will be worth 40% of your qualification. The exam will last 1 hour and 30 minutes, it will be made up of short and extended response questions. Constructing the Built Environment Unit will be assessed via project work (no exam), which is worth 60% of your qualification. Here you will be asked to prepare and complete three trade-based tasks e.g. creating a Stud wall, Tiling a splashback and painting and decorating.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop a range of skills which are attractive to employers, colleges and universities including: Communication, critical thinking, independent learning, research and time management. You will also learn practical skills valuable in later life for anyone e.g. health and safety in any workplace and how to perform aspects of home maintenance and DIY.

What equipment will I need?

Specialist construction tools and equipment will be provided.

How will this subject develop my character and culture?

Being interested in our environment is key to feeling part of where we choose to live, visit and work. Studying this course will enable you to develop understanding of renovating, repairing and developing construction projects.

Where can this subject take me in the future?

The construction industry offers a wide range of exciting opportunities, from tradesperson to leading large scale construction projects, and from an architect to renovator of our historic built environment. This is a level 2 qualification so can be used to access all Level 3 courses.

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The Curriculum Team

Mr N Allan
Subject Leader of Design, Engineer, Construct