BTEC Construction

2016/2017   Curriculum Details

Key Stage 4

Teacher Names: P. Bridge and G. Reed

Name of Subject: BTEC Construction


  • Edexcel BTEC Entry Level 3 Award in Construction
  • Edexcel BTEC level 1 Award in Construction
  • Edexcel BTEC level 1 Certificate in Construction
  • Edexcel BTEC level 1 Diploma in Construction

The qualification undertaken will depend on how long a student spends at Oswaldtwistle School and also how many hours they spend on the subject each week. The course is made up of short units of work. Over two years a student would expect to complete the following units:

  • Starting work in construction
  • Developing bricklaying skills
  • Developing carpentry skills
  • Developing construction painting skills
  • Developing plumbing skills
  • Developing electrical installation skills

Overview of course:

The course gives students the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Entry or Level 1 vocationally related qualification.  It also gives students the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal skills and attributes that are essential for successful performance in working life.


Possible progression route:

The qualification allows students to progress to a Level 2 vocational qualification, such as the BTEC level 2 in Construction. The qualification also allows students to progress to employment in the construction sector.


Short Stay Students

Where students are only on roll for a short period of time it is possible to follow the BTEC curriculum and have their learning recognised by the AQA Unit Award Scheme. For example:

  • Unit 82566:  Making a wooden bird table
  • Unit 77713:  Health and Safety in a workshop

Key Stage 3

Students will follow the National Curriculum in Design and Technology with a strong emphasis on Resistant Materials and in particular working with wood.  Due to constraints of time and the school’s commitment to personalise the learning experiences of students to meet their varied needs it is likely that the majority of time will be spent in the “making” area of the curriculum. Teaching will be through a series of focussed practical activities which will develop the following skills:

  • The ability to choose and use tools with a high degree of dexterity and knowledge of correct sequencing during practical work.
  • Use a wide range of standard materials and components in the manufacture of a product.
  • Making products with a high quality finish.
  • Developing products with complexity of design and construction.
  • Making products with strong aesthetic appeal and a degree of individuality.
  • The use of a standard range of techniques and methods in the manufacture of a product.



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