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BTEC Construction


What is BTEC Construction?

Construction is a wide-ranging profession with many disciplines in the industry. This course offers an insight into the construction industry ranging from the initial planning stage through the design and building process of housing, industrial and commercial buildings.

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment have been developed to inspire and enthuse learners to become engaged with the world of construction. The new BTEC Firsts will help learners to develop their knowledge of the construction sector, while introducing them to the theory and allowing them to practise a range of skills.

The BTEC philosophy of learning through doing remains at the heart of this qualification, in which learners are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in the construction sector

What will I learn?

This course is a general introduction to the construction industry. If you are interested in becoming an architect, building surveyor, quantity surveyor, structural, mechanical or electrical engineer, construction planner or construction manager this is the starting point for you.

You will study a series of modules which are all carefully designed to cover all industry requirements within this field. Modules include:

Health, Safety & Welfare

Sustainable Construction

Building Technology

Construction Science and Materials

Maths in Construction

How will I be taught?

You will be taught with a mixture of theory and practical sessions, in our classrooms and industry standard workshops.

You will be working both individually and as part of a group on practical exercises and in theory classes. We will also be visiting various construction projects with assignments based around these case studies.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of coursework activities, practical work assignments and case studies. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification will be awarded.

Core units

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment comprises two core units:

  • Unit 1: Construction Technology – This unit is externally assessed through a paper-based exam.
  • Unit 2: Construction and Design –This unit is internally assessed.


Mandatory units

The BTEC Firsts in Construction also contain mandatory units. Learners taking the

BTEC First Award must take Unit 3 in addition to the core units, while those taking the BTEC First Certificate must also take both Unit 3 and Unit 11:

  • Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – This unit is internally assessed.
  • Unit 11: Sustainability in Construction – This unit is externally assessed through a paper-based exam.


What skills will I need for the course?

You should have an inquiring mind and a desire to design buildings with an ambition to either get a job within the construction industry after the course or take a degree in this field before gaining employment

What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?


This course provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities within the construction industry on the technical and professional side. Many of the units will give you an insight into the career opportunities within the construction industry such as architecture, civil and structural engineering, quantity surveying, control management and building surveying

Mr Breen
Subject Leader

Please contact us for further details.

Please contact us for further details.

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
PE4 6JT (Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)