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Teaching Staff:

Mr J Smith
Mr L Fuller
Miss H Ridgus

Examining board: Edexcel


A BTEC First Award and Certificate is a practical, work-related course.  You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities.  It introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

  • The BTEC First Award is equivalent to one GCSE grades A*– C
  • The BTEC First Certificate is equivalent to two GCSEs grades A*– C

How is the course structured?

Types of units within the qualifications

The BTEC First qualifications have core, mandatory and optional specialist units.

These are an example of the units required to pass the certificate in construction.

Unit 1 Construction Technology                                                                                         External 30 hrs. 
Unit 2 Construction and Design  Internal 30 hrs.

Mandatory Units

Unit 3 Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction Internal 30 hrs.
Unit 11 Sustainability in Construction                                                                                            External 30 hrs.

Specialist Units

Unit 5 Construction Drawing Techniques Internal 30 hrs.
Unit 6 Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques Internal 30 hrs.
Unit 7 Exploring Brickwork and Blockwork Principles and Techniques                                         Internal 30 hrs.
Unit 8 Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques  Internal 30 hrs.

What can I do at the end of the course?

With further training or study, students may progress into careers in the Construction industry including:

  • Construction;
  • Architecture;
  • Structural;
  • Surveyor;
  • Apprenticeship (Carpentry, Bricklayer, Painter and Decorator).

A BTEC First in Construction prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course, such as:

  • A BTEC National Diploma, Certificate or Award in Construction.
  • A  BTEC National Diploma or certificate in Construction.