Constructing the Built Environment - Options KS4

The Course

This GCSE in Built Environment introduces learners to, and develops their understanding of, the built environment, including the trades and roles within it, the tools, technologies and materials used in its construction and maintenance, and the processes involved in its design. This course offers learners the opportunity to learn about the world of construction and develop a wide range of construction based skills through practical assignments that include carpentry, joinery, plumbing, electrical work etc. The practical tasks are underpinned by theory assignments that cover areas such as Health and Safety, Construction Management and Financing a Construction Project to name a few.

Throughout Year 10, students studying construction will spend 50% of their time producing practical work and developing and honing general manufacturing skills. This construction course offers students a good balance of hands on experiences not offered through many other subjects, so if you enjoy learning through doing and creating then this could be a good option to consider.

Course Structure:

Learners on this course will have to complete 3 modules in total across the two years.

Unit 1: Introduction to the built environment ( online examination - externally assessed)

Unit 2: Constructing the built environment (internally assessed coursework)

Unit 3: Planning the built environment (internally assessed coursework)

The units are designed to provide learners with ‘real world’ experiences within the subject of construction, preparing them for future learning, an apprenticeship or a work based college course. Learning takes place through the completion of as many practical activities as possible.

This course is a good option for pupils wishing to undertake a career in one of the building or construction trades and who need to gain qualifications, valuable practical experience and a head start into the construction industry.

Other Information:

Learners will be expected to supply their own basic equipment, pens, pencils etc and will need to purchase PPE (a protective dust coat and goggles) prior to starting this course to protect them from the workshop tasks they will be carrying out.