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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
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BTEC Nationals in Construction & the Built Environment

Examining Body: Pearson Specification No: 


Entry Requirements:

EITHER PASS in BTEC Construction OR C Grade in any of the following GCSEs: Mathematics (Grade 4), Science, Geography, Product Design.

Synopsis of Content:

The new BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017) will inspire learners to study Construction and prepare for higher education or employment.
New BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017) provide an introduction to the study of the construction sector and give entrants to the sector the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to meet industry requirements. These also allow students to develop the transferable and higher order skills so highly regarded by HE and employers.36

Qualification name and size: The course is equivalent in size to 1 A level
Purpose: This course gives a broad introduction to the Construction sector.
Progression: This opens the doors to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study including other qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals or A levels.

Unit 1 Construction Principles Task (120 Guided Learning Hours)


Unit 2 Construction Design Task (120 Guided Learning Hours)


Unit 3 Tendering and Estimating Task (120 Guided Learning Hours)


Unit 4


Health and Safety in Construction Assignment (60 Guided Learning Hours) Assignment
Unit 5


Construction Technology Assignment (60 Guided Learning Hours) Assignment

Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources

The new BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to enable learners to showcase their skills and application of knowledge, so they can progress to higher education or employment. The BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment have two types of assessment:





Set and marked by: The school. Verified by: Pearson



• Practical tasks

• Work-related scenarios

• Can be tailored to local industry needs


Students demonstrate: Application of knowledge and skills to complete a practical project over a period of time, working individually or in groups.


Set and marked by: Pearson



• Practical real life, work-related scenarios and time-based pressures

• Controlled conditions, some tasks have pre-released information


Students demonstrate: Application of learning to common workplace or HE scenarios, providing a consistent standard of assessment for all BTEC Students.


Grading accurately reflects student performance and achievement
• Each BTEC Nationals unit is individually graded as either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
• Each unit contributes points proportionally to the overall grade allowing students to gain recognition in areas where they excel.
• A student’s final grade is decided by their performance across the qualification based on a combined total of points earned from assessments

Suitability for Combination

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualifications such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning (eg through another BTEC qualification) or a complementary NVQ. These learning programmes can be developed to allow learners to study related and complementary qualifications without duplication of content. Subjects that can complement the course are: product Design, Geography, Mathematics and Science.

Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma could provide opportunities for learners who are already in, or about to enter into, employment to work towards the achievement of an apprenticeship in their sector, or to progress to further education vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Higher Nationals in Construction, Civil Engineering or Building Services Engineering or Foundation degree or other degree course.

Mr Oliver – Design & Technology Team Leader


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