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Schools 14-16 - WJEC Level 1/Level 2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment

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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement, or for electively home educated young people.

The WJEC Level 1/Level 2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment (603/3068/5)* has been developed in partnership with CITB to provide an engaging introduction to the construction industry from the build perspective. Students will learn the technical knowledge and skills needed within the construction industry over three trade areas (Brickwork, Plastering and Painting & Decorating).

The course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Roundhouse (Hudson Building) for either half a day or a full day a week.

If you are home educated, you can also apply to study GCSE Maths and English with us.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in  construction.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Safety and security in construction – gain the knowledge and understanding to minimise risk to yourself and others and learn about health and safety in different contexts within construction.

Weighting: 25% of the course

Assessment: External examination

  • Developing construction projects – interpret technical information to plan the refurbishment of a building and utilise your skills to carry out the work in the three trade areas.

Weighting: 50% of the course

Assessment: Internal assessment

  • Planning construction projects – using the knowledge acquired in the first two units, learn how to plan straightforward built environment development projects.

Weighting: 25% of the course.

Assessment: External examination

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and external examinations.

All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students must wear steel toe-cap boots and safety overalls (purchased through Derby College Group) in the workshop. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • A Level 2 trade-specific qualification (e.g. Bricklaying, Plastering, Plumbing)
  • A T Level in Professional Construction
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.

Careers

Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Tradesperson (Bricklayer, Tiler, Plasterer, Plumber, Carpenter, etc.)
  • Scaffolder
  • Roofer
  • Landscaper
  • Building Surveyor

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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This course is run at the Hudson Building

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Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards

Building a winning future

Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level.
 
His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
 
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations. 
 
2014
 
Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category
 
2015
 
Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
 
2016
 
Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final

I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.

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