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

Applications for the Pre-16 Provision open in February 2022. Please do not apply for this course if you will be 16 or older in September 2022. This course is part of our Pre-16 Provision and is only accessible if your school has agreed to fund the placement during Year 10 and 11.

Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Brickwork
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Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

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.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

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

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

You will learn on-site 

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

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

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

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications gained, 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.


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

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Bricklayers and Masons


Bricklayers and Masons

Construction and Building Trades n.e.c.


Construction and Building Trades n.e.c.

Construction Operatives n.e.c.


Construction Operatives n.e.c.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:47 pm