BTEC (Optionals)

BTEC Construction

How do I know this subject is for me?

The rationale for all qualifications in the BTEC First suite in Construction and the Built Environment is to:

  • Inspire and enthuse students to consider a career in the construction sector.
  • Give students the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction industry.
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship.
  • Give students the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.

What will I learn?

Unit 1: Construction Technology - this unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Students will develop an understanding of the structural performance required for low-rise construction, and explore how substructures and superstructures are constructed. This unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Construction and Design - in this unit students will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes and the contribution it makes to wider society. Students will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.

The mandatory unit is:

Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction - in this unit students will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical construction contexts. Students will develop an understanding of the scientific principles affecting the performance of construction materials and develop skills to perform mathematical calculations in construction contexts.

Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques - In this unit students will understand tools, materials and equipment used in carpentry and joinery and then develop practical skills using safe techniques to produce a timber frame.

How will I be assessed?

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

Environment is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core, mandatory and optional specialist units. Students must complete the two core units, the mandatory unit plus one of optional specialist units to reach a total of 120 GLH. This BTEC First Award has units that are assessed in school (internal) and a unit that Edexcel sets and marks (external).

The Grading for the course and its GCSE equivalency is as follows:

BTEC Level 1 pass (GCSE D)

BTEC Level 2 pass (GCSE C)


BTEC Distinction (GCSE A-A*)

If you have any queries regarding this option, please contact:

Teacher in charge: TBC

Email: TBC

Exam board: Edexcel