Key Stage 4

Examination board / awarding body: Edexcel


Why study Construction?

This qualification enables you to develop a theoretical and practical knowledge of the built environment alongside some practical skills.  It enables you to engage with the mathematical and scientific principles that underpin the construction industry, and to explore the impact of design through research and the application of your own ideas in response to a design brief.  It also allows you to progress to further study at level 2 and 3 of academic and/or vocational qualifications in construction and the built environment, engineering or design, and to apprenticeships.



This course allows you to study construction and the built environment, giving you the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the industry.  You will develop skills such as interpreting and analysing information, identifying the infrastructure required for safe and efficient work and in understanding how client needs can shape building design.  The qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about construction and the built environment.  It gives you the opportunity to learn about one of the most important sectors of the UK economy.  You will study three mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required construction technology and design:

  • construction technology
  • construction and design
  • scientific and mathematical application for construction.

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by experiencing further practical units. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills in a range of different contexts.

The practical areas covered are:

  • exploring carpentry and joinery principles and techniques
  • exploring brickwork and blockwork principles and techniques



You will carry out tasks/assignments throughout the course. Your teacher will mark these, and so you will receive feedback as to how you are getting on. For the assessment for Unit 3: Construction and Design, you will be able to draw on the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed in the qualification as a whole.

The assessment for Unit 1: Construction Technology, is a test which is sent away to be marked. The other units, including the practical, are internally marked by your teacher.

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