Year 10 GCSE Construction

Constructing the Built Environment

Contact member of staff – Mr T Williamson

WJEC Level 1 / Level 2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment

The WJEC Level 1 / Level 2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment will provide opportunities for you to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for developing great new skills for life or a career within the construction industry.

This course is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification in the construction industry and will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for employment.

The course aims to develop a range of practical skills and techniques underpinned with theory lessons on how construction projects are planned and the importance of safety and security in construction.

Unit 1Safety and security in construction    

External exam – 25% of overall grade

This is an online one hour test.

Externally marked

Unit 2Developing construction projects       

Controlled assessment – 50% of overall grade

This unit has twice the amount of time allocated to it and should suit students who enjoy practical tasks such as: bricklaying, painting, carpentry and joinery.

Internally marked, externally moderated.

Unit 3Planning construction projects            

External exam – 25% of overall grade

From the development of practical skills and health and safety requirements (Units 1 and 2) this unit requires the planning of a construction project.

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other subjects, for example, English, math and the sciences, could provide opportunities to access a range of qualifications including ‘A’ Levels, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications.

These include:

  • Level 3 Extended Project
  • Level 3 qualifications in construction, such as Diplomas in Construction and the Built
  • Environment
  • Level 2 qualifications in construction, including specialist areas such as plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment



Key stage 3 – Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

During Year 7 and 8, students undertake design and make projects carefully selected to give them experience of working with a wide range of resistant materials and associated technologies such as Electronics and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

In year 9 students gain a flavour of the GCSEs that are available to them in KS4. They experience short courses from Product Design, Construction and Engineering. This enables them to select the most appropriate Design and Technology course for further study. At Key Stage 4, pupils have the opportunity of selecting courses ranging from vocational to the more academic.