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Construction - Level 1 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Construction Skills (for students aged 14-16) at Wakefield College

Course description

If you’re interested in a career in construction when you leave school but aren’t sure whether you wish to follow the craft route or the building services route, this course is ideal for you. If you choose to study the building services pathway, you’ll gain an introduction to both plumbing and electrical installation. If you choose the construction pathway, you’ll learn about bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, ground-works, electrical installation, and plumbing. These skills will be developed both in college workshops and projects outside College. 

Course content

In classroom sessions you will look at the sector and gain an insight into the employment opportunities that are available. You’ll study health & safety to ensure that your working practices are safe. You’ll also develop your team building skills. 
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.
Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

Predicted grades 1-4 at GCSE
Minimum Entry Level 3 in English and Maths or equivalent
A genuine interest in the subject/profession
A good reference from Head of Year 10 or Headteacher


Assessment is continuous throughout the year. Your learning will be extended to outside of College with trips to local suppliers or construction sites and places of interest. 

Financial information

Please contact the 14-16 Unit for details: Tel - 01924 789742 or by email at

Future opportunities

You could progress to further study in construction to further your knowledge and increase your future job prospects within the industry.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 July 2018
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.