Welcome to Construction

Construction at the Elland Academy is based at an off-site, purpose built provision, which is a short drive from the main Academy.

Students are able to participate in different trade areas of construction which include bricklaying, plumbing and joinery.  Within these areas students complete practical tasks which start at the basics and progress to final assessment pieces.

Theoretical elements are also covered within the course which is used to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the practical projects and how basic principles of each unit are applied.

Embedded within the theoretical elements are the core subject areas of Mathematics, Science and English. As these elements have a large impact on the final outcome of the course.

Plumbing: Students are taught the different tools, materials and equipment they would use as if they were using them on a site. Practical elements cover different jointing methods of copper and plastic pipe, manual and automatic bending of pipes, and installation of sinks, toilets and radiators. Also covered is guttering installation along with repair and maintenance of all services.

Assessment is completed by the completion of a practical task where students are required to request all the tools, equipment and materials. They also have to ensure all health and safety aspects are covered in wearing correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and respond appropriately to information and instruction.

Joinery: Identification of the different tools, materials and equipment which are used within joinery is a large part of the theoretical element. Students are also required to wear appropriate PPE and be able to identify why this is to be used.

Practical participation is through the completion of basic joining methods of timber, such as housing joints, mortice and tenon and corner bridle. They are then required to complete an assessment piece to a set standard to ensure practical understanding has been achieved.

Bricklaying: Students have the opportunity to start at the basic principles of laying bricks and blocks.

They complete both written and practical work which enables them to progress from basic models such as a pyramid through to the construction of a cavity wall.

Throughout the practical tasks students are challenged through theory to be able to identify tools, materials and equipment and also the different types of brick and block available for their projects.

Students who attend the centre benefit from a wide range of knowledge from the tutors who offer not just specialist teaching but also assistance with life skills.

They feel secure in the learning environment and enjoy the challenges of both practical and theoretical elements of the course in which they often flourish.

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award is a level 2 qualification, however;

Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be awarded a Level 1 grade.

The course is aimed at learners aged 14 years and over

Contains a minimum 120 guided-learning-hours for the qualification

(Equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE)

Has core units and optional specialist units with 25 per cent of the qualification externally assessed. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments.

Core Units.

Unit 1 – Construction Technology

Unit 2 – Construction Design

Mandatory Units

Unit 3 - Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction

Optional specialist units

Unit 6 -Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques

Unit 7 - Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques

Unit 9 - Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques

Students are able to sample and complete all of the optional specialist units whilst attending The Elland Academy.