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Construction - Level 1 Certificate/Ext Certificate in Construction - Step Up (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. If you choose the building services pathway, you will gain an introduction to both plumbing and electrical installation. If you choose the construction craft option, you will study modules including bricklaying, carpentry and joinery

Course content

What you will study

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

How you will learn

The course is 60% practical work and 40% theory work and you will learn through demonstrations, and activities in the classroom and workshop.

Entry requirements

Predicted grades D-G in 4 subjects 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 see 14-16 pricing structure in this publication or contact the 14-16 Unit at Wakefield College for more details: Tel - 01924 789742 or by email -


Future opportunities

Further Study

You could progress to further study in construction to further your knowledge and prepare you to work in the industry.

Career Opportunities

With further training or study, you may progress into careers in the construction industry including:

• electrical installation

• carpentry and joinery

• bricklaying

• other related trades such as plumbing and plastering.

Completion of the construction and Functional Skills components provides a good basis to move onto more advanced work-related qualifications.

Further information

For further information please contact our Course Infromation Team on 01924 789111 for further details.

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: 31 October 2018
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