This is a 1-year course for candidates wishing to gain some understanding and practical experience of the variety of trades in the construction industry. The qualification covers a range of hand skills and practical tasks in the following trade areas: • Bricklaying • Carpentry and joinery • Plastering wall and floor tiling • Painting and decorating • Construction operations • Plumbing • Electrical You will also develop your employability skills, including the completion of work experience. To gain this qualification, learners must achieve 41 credits from the 7 mandatory units. There are practical and theory marked assessments.
What do I need to join?
You will have GCSEs at grade 2 or above in English and Maths.
How will I know how I am doing?
At the end of the year, your practical skills will be assessed through a synoptic end test. You will also take a multiple-choice theory exam. Targets will be set and agreed with your tutor throughout the year, and you will receive regular feedback and one-to-one progress reviews with your tutor to ensure that you are on track to achieve your goals.
Maths & English
Learners with a grade 3 in Maths and English are required to retake the qualification, and this will be taught alongside their vocational qualification. Learners with a grade 2 or below in Maths or English will study functional skills alongside their vocational qualification.
In addition to obtaining a trade qualification and practical experience, learners will also develop other skills, such as interview techniques, CV preparation and digital skills, to prepare them for the world of work. Learners will participate in trade competitions judged by local employers and participate in cross-college employability events.
All learners are required to complete work experience in a construction environment. This could be with local construction companies or as part of a community project. This gives learners the opportunity to develop their employability and practical skills in their chosen trade and will assist with their progression choices.
What can I do next?
Once you have completed this qualification, you will have experienced a range of construction trades and decided which one you want to progress into. You can progress onto a Level 2 technical course in a specific trade of your choice.Apply for this course
Course information last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10.50am (5 days ago)