The construction sector is vital to any country for the maintenance, improvement and growth of its infrastructure, buildings and engineering stock. A comprehension of the processes involved in the specialised disciplines that drive and administer the industry is relevant for anyone who wishes to work for or be part of this established sector. The course provides learners with a framework of knowledge, understanding and promotion of the applied skills which are essential to this multi-disciplined sector. Studying this qualification will encourage research, investigation and analysis of the various aspects and impacts of different construction disciplines. Students will also explore interrelationships between the different disciplines through collaboration. This will develop transferable skills as well as an understanding of the diverse roles within the construction industry.
In Years 10 and 11 the students follow the WJEC Designing the Built Environment specification. This introduces and develops the skills of planning, designing, construction, sustainability and impact on the environment as applied to the construction industry.
The course consists of 3 units:
- Planning potential of construction projects
- Drawing construction plans
- Building structures and materials
In partnership with Morgan Sindall Construction and Class of Your Own, the students begin Year 10 by undertaking “DEC! In a Day” and a “Design Award”. Both of these short projects give an overview of the entire planning and design process as well as enabling students to get familiar with the software tools and packages they will need to use in their future projects.
Scheme of Learning
Unit 1 - 25% Developing the skills needed to report on the potential of a proposed construction project. This includes a consideration of the planning process, protected areas, interpretation of maps, existing and required utilities and infrastructure. Externally assessed: 6hrs controlled assessment.
Unit 2 - 50% Developing skills in using computer software to present drawings of construction designs. This includes the identification of information requirements for construction design, the drawing of plans and the drawing of elevations both on paper and using 2D computer modelling. The unit concludes with the use of computer software for on screen 3D modelling of construction design. The students will have the opportunity to use SketchUp and Autodesk REVIT. Internally assessed: 12hrs controlled assessment.
Unit 3 - 25% Understand and appreciate the function of building elements. This includes how different materials may be more appropriate based on climate, location, cost, properties, ease of transport to the site and sustainability. Internally assessed: 6hrs controlled assessment.