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Construction and the Built Environment


Construction and the Built Environment


Mr J Gallagher (Head of Construction)

Mr M McLaughlin

Mr G McKenna

Mr M Fegan

Mr B Stevenson

Mr J O’Hare



GCSE Construction follows the CCEA specification. Pupils complete four units over two years.

In S1 (Year 11), students complete an AutoCAD Controlled assessment unit (Unit 4) and an introduction to Construction exam (Unit 1).

In S2 (Year 12), students complete a practical, workshop based, controlled assessment unit (Unit 3) which currently involves building a wooden table and a written exam (Unit 2).

Weightings for each unit (in relation to the final grade) are found in the table below


Assessment Type



Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment

Exam – 1 Hour



Unit 4: Computer Aided Design in Construction

Controlled Assessment



Unit 2: Sustainable Construction

Exam -1 Hour 30 Minutes



Unit 3: The Construction Craft Project

Controlled Assessment





S3 and S4 students complete either the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (Single Award) or BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Double Award) in Construction and the Built Environment.

The BTEC Extended Certificate and Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment courses are designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to progress and acquire degree qualifications and professional occupations in the construction industry.??

Course Structure?

Extended Certificate (Single Award): 4 units carried out in one year (see Year 13 units below)?

Diploma (Double Award): 10 units carried out over two years (all units listed below)?


S3 Units (Year 13)

Unit 1 - Construction Principles (Written Exam - 1 hour 30 mins – Externally assessed)?

Unit 2 - Construction Design (Controlled Assessment – 12 hours - Externally assessed)?

Unit 4 - Construction Technology?

Unit 5 - Health and Safety in Construction?


S4 Units (Year 14)

Unit 6 - Surveying in Construction?

Unit 7 - Graphical Detailing in Construction?

Unit 8 - Building Regulations and Control in Construction?

Unit 9 - Management of a Construction Project?

Unit 17 – Projects in Construction?

Unit 41 – Renewable Energy for Housing?


All tasks and marking are subject to a stringent internal and external verification process. BTEC courses operate with strict deadlines on all assignments. Throughout the course there is a large degree of dependency on the use of ICT. Units delivered in Year 14 are subject to change.?


Career Opportunities

The vast majority of the students completing BTEC Construction and the Built Environment progress to take up a place in third level education. As the grades in this award convert to UCAS points, most university courses accept the award. It would be important for each student to check with individual universities before applying to a particular course. There are over 25 different construction related courses in UUJ alone that are relevant to successful completion of this course. In recent years some of our students have taken up places in: Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering*, Property Management and Investment, Architecture, Construction Engineering and Management, Architecture & Management,?Building Surveying & Urban Planning.?

*For those students wishing to study Civil Engineering at third level, most universities now require you to study A Level Maths and/or Physics alongside BTEC Construction and the Built Environment.


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