Construction and the built environment

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?

Would you love the opportunity to transform the world around you? Are you looking to learn about new technologies, materials and processes that are involved in construction projects? Do you want to develop a good foundation for a successful career in design, engineering or construction? Do you want to learn building design skills, about architecture, buildings and engineering? Do you aspire to become a builder, carpenter, electrician, plasterer, plumber or other tradesperson, or perhaps have an interest in DIY? Or are you just interested and want to study something completely different, job related and ‘hands on’ where you learn new practical skills?

What will I study?

This Educas technical qualification is made up of one mandatory unit, which all students will need to complete.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment (completed by all students) 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.

Then as a school we will choose between:

Unit 2: Designing the Built Environment (option 1) Building on the skills, knowledge and understanding you will develop through Unit 1, the Designing the Built Environment unit will offer you the opportunity to interpret and produce drafts, drawings, and models of design plans

Unit 3: Constructing the Built Environment (option 2) 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 Unit 1 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. (Studied by all students )

Then one of the following will be chosen:

Unit 2 will be assessed with project work (no exam), which is worth 60% of your qualification. As part of this assessment, you will be given a client brief, and will be asked to produce design drawings and develop 3D models.


Unit 3 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 simple lighting circuit, building a brick structure and making a wooden planter.

What will I study? (outgoing course for current students)

Students on the existing course being phased out study three units.

Safety and security in construction (1 hour exam worth 25%): study of real life scenarios such as working at height, working on construction sites and with potentially dangerous tools and machinery. Students must learn to identify hazards, suggest the possible consequences of them and what measures might be put in place to avoid injury or death. They also look at basic health and safety law, fire safety, signage and the security of construction compounds and sites.

Developing construction projects (50% coursework): this is the practical unit where students learn 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.

Planning construction projects (2 hour examination worth 25%): 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.

What skills will I learn?

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 sense of 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?

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.

Where can I find out more?

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The Curriculum Team

Mr N Allan
Subject Leader of Design, Engineer, Construct
Ms L Fothergill
Teacher of Design, Engineering and Construction
Mrs L Wyld
Teacher of Design, Engineer and Construct