Construction and the Built Environment

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

Why should you choose this course?

The BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment is designed to:

● inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction sector

● give learners 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 learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.


What will you study as part of this course?

Core units are designed to cover the body of content that employers and educators within the sector consider essential for 14–19 year old learners.

The core units you will study are:

Unit 1: Construction Technology – this unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Learners 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 learners will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes and the contribution it makes to wider society. Learners will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.

Mandatory units assess additional knowledge, skills and understanding that are not covered within the core units but that are essential to the curriculum area or vocational sector for either the qualification size or sector. The mandatory unit in this qualification is a 30 GLH unit that is internally assessed.

The mandatory unit you will study is:

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

Optional specialist units are sector specific, focus on a particular area within the vocational sector and provide an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding

The Optional Specialist Unit you will study is:

Unit 8: Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques

How is the course assessed?

75% coursework

25% externally assessed online examination (1 unit)

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment includes an externally assessed unit in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning, or to academic qualifications.

The remaining units are internally assessed. Internal assessment enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they gather and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria.

What qualifications could you achieve?

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

What further career options and pathways are available to you after this course?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for level 2 learners to progress to:

● other level 2 vocational qualifications

● level 3 vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Construction and the Built Environment (QCF)

● related academic qualifications

● employment within the construction industry.

Learners who achieve the qualification at Level 1 may progress to related level 2 vocational or academic qualifications, such as BTECs or GCSEs.