Construction and the Built Environment

G Mason

Mr G. Mason

General aims

This subject has been developed to give students a realistic understanding and experience of Construction that will enable students to develop an authentic working relationship with the real world-of-work. Within Northern Ireland and further a-field there is a need for well qualified personnel in the construction industry.  This subject makes a positive contribution to supplying these needs.

The course is designed to enable those studying Construction to gain experience in the use of Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD) as well as studying all aspects relevant to the building of a range of structures.  Students also have the opportunity to make practical projects.

Construction and the Built Environment (CEA)

There are three units, each with one form of assessment. Unit 1 will be externally tested and the remaining two will be based on controlled assessment. The controlled assessments give the course not only an applied ethos but also a work-related emphasis.

Unit 1   The Construction Industry for the 21st Century.   This is worth 40% and is assessed by external examination (1 ½ hrs) at the end of year 12

Unit 2   The Construction craft Project, this unit allows the opportunity to make practical objects in wood.  This is worth 30% and is assessed by practical work related assessment. You have a total of 25 hours to complete this unit

Unit 3   Computer Aided Design in Construction. This unit is worth 30% and is assessed by work related assessment. Again you have a total of 25 hours to complete this unit                                    

Unit 1


External Exam (1 ½ hrs)

Unit 2


Practical woodwork project  (controlled assessment-25 hrs)

Unit 3


Practical CAD drawings   (controlled assessment-25 hrs)

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Edexcel)

Overview of Compulsory and optional units

Pupils must study six units in total i.e. 60 credits altogether. That is a minimum of 20 credits from category ‘A'  and a minimum of 20 credits from category ‘B' with the other 20 credits coming from either ‘A' or ‘B'

Category ‘A' 


Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment                  

10 Credits


Sustainable Construction                        

10 Credits


Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment 

10 Credits


Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment

10 Credits


Category ‘B'


Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering       

10 Credits


Building Technology in Construction

10 Credits


Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering

10 Credits


Construction in Civil Engineering

10 Credits


Building Services Control Systems

10 Credits


Building Services Science

10 Credits

Pupils are required to produce and submit approx 3 assignments within each unit. Three units will be completed in year 13 and three units in year 14. All three units must be successfully passed in yr 13 to achieve entry into yr 14.


Pupils can achieve the following grades (Pass, Merit or Distinction) This will equate to the following grades at A Level respectively (A, C and E)

Extra-curricular Activities

CAD Classes for those who struggle with Design

Practical classes for those who have not fulfilled the allocated 25 hrs for their unit 2 project

Some possible career opportunities

Construction Contracting Operations - General, Buying, Estimating, Planning & Surveying, Site Technical Support Construction Plant and Equipment Supervision

Construction Site Supervision - Building and Civil Engineering

Construction Site Supervision - Highway Maintenance

Technical Design - Built Environment

Building Control officer

Further education - University degree