BTEC First Level 2 Award in Construction

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Construction has been designed for young people who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.

The rationale for the BTEC First suite in Construction and the Built Environment is to:

  • inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction sector
  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction industry
  • support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship
  • give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.

This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the construction industry. It includes two core units that form the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding of construction technology and design and one mandatory unit which assesses additional knowledge, understanding and skills that are not covered within the core units but that are essential to the construction sector for either the qualification size or sector. One further unit is then chosen from a choice of seven optional specialist units.

The core units are:

Unit 1: Construction Technology

This unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Learners will develop an understanding of the structural performance required for low-rise construction, and explore how substructures and superstructures are constructed. This unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Construction and Design

In this unit learners will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes and the contribution it makes to wider society. Learners will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.

The mandatory unit is:

Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction

In this unit learners will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical construction contexts. Learners will develop an understanding of the scientific principles affecting the performance of construction materials and develop skills to perform mathematical calculations in construction contexts.

The optional unit will be taken from one of the following:

  • Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 7: Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 9: Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 10: Exploring Electrical Principles and Techniques

How will I be assessed?

The qualification includes an externally assessed unit in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning, or to academic qualifications.

The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they gather and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.

For more information please speak to Mr A Eades, Lead Teacher on Construction