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Construction at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

The BTEC National Award in Construction will provide you with an understanding of the important skills,techniques and attitudes needed to begin professional work or to move on to further study. You will be introduced to the employment opportunities available in the construction industry, enabling you to choose your preferred area
of work. The course structure allows you to focus on what interests you within the field, be it building, surveying, town planning or site management.

The course will be taught in a combination of practical rooms and ICT suites. You will learn through a combination of practical work, independent study, lecture and group investigation. There will also be opportunities for work placements and site visits.

Entry requirements

For BTEC study you will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  This must include GCSE Maths & English at grade C or above.


BTEC are not exam-based qualifications and the Construction BTEC is made up of units. Students study real-life, work-based case studies and complete projects and assessments, which contribute to achieving each unit studied.

During year 12 the students will complete 3 units:
Unit 1 - Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment
Unit 2 - Sustainable Construction
Unit 6 - Building Technology in Construction

During year 13 the students will complete 3 units:
Unit 4 - Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment
Unit 5 - Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering
Unit 29 - Construction in Civil Engineering

All work completed over the two years is assessed and will contribute towards the final grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction/Distinction*. There is no final examination unit.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

With the international recognition of BTEC it is possible to progress directly into employment. There is a wide range of possible careers including estate agency, stonemasonry or risk management. The BTEC National Award in Construction has the equivalence of one GCE ‘A’ Level, and it is possible for you to progress further into higher education, as successful BTEC National qualifications give UCAS points for university applications.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years