KS5 Construction

The construction course at College is work-related to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. Students can attain qualifications from Entry to Level 1 Diploma over three years.

The qualifications in Construction have been developed to give students the opportunity to:

  • engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • achieve a nationally recognised Entry, or Level 1 vocationally related qualification
  • progress to employment in the construction sector
  • progress to related vocational qualifications.

Emphasis is placed on the correct selection and safe use of the appropriate tools, materials, components and fixings required to produce a three-dimensional timber product.

Students will be given the opportunity to practise basic woodworking techniques and to use these techniques to produce a three-dimensional timber product.

Students will have the opportunity to explore the different types of organisation that operate within the construction and building environment sector in terms of their size and the type of work they undertake.

Students will use this information to make decisions concerning possible career choices in construction, and to reflect on the effect of such choices on their preferred lifestyle.

Although students will work independently when making decisions about their career options, they will also function as effective members of a team by working responsibly and cooperatively.

Students are introduced to the health and safety and welfare issues associated with developing practical skills in a construction environment.

The first part looks at causes of construction accidents. The second part looks at hazards in construction, safety signs, fire extinguishers and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The third part explores the HASAWA and COSHH Regulations.