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Level 1 BTEC Introductory Diploma in Construction at Kendal College at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description


The construction sector covers all building trades and services as well as civil engineering and specialist services such as demolition and architecture and there is a huge range of jobs for skilled trades people such as bricklayers, joiners, carpenters, plumbers, roofers and tilers as well as semi-skilled jobs such as building labourers. The sector attracts more and more female employees and the opportunity for training at the college is open to both male and female students.

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Course content


This is a very practical course where you will be working in our construction workshops learning a variety of different skills such as:

* Using hand tools: various projects aimed at developing different skills, culminating in a take-home project, eg wooden gaming chair

* Multi-skills building services:

basic electrical and plumbing

* Bricklaying

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this Level 1 course, but we expect you to have a genuine interest in the course you choose.



You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence, including assessments, towards the achievement of your qualification.

There will be an online test towards the end of the course.

Future opportunities


On successful completion of this two year course you may be able to progress onto a full time construction course at the college or find employment within the sector, combined with further part time training. Another popular route for this course is on to an Apprenticeship with Construction Skills.

This course is worth 75 points.




How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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      KENDAL College has become the first and only General Further Education College in Cumbria ever to be declared outstanding after an Ofsted inspection in December 2010.

      Kendal College is a partner college of the University of Central Lancashire and University of Cumbria and also a partner with all local schools in a new and exciting South lakes Federation where each partner collaborates to ensure that there is high quality teaching and learning in South Lakeland and Eden. Our aim is to achieve high academic standards, to offer outstanding facilities, a broad range of courses and to give each student the chance to succeed. Kendal College has outstanding retention and achievement rates.

      In 2009/10 only two general further education colleges from the 54 inspected achieved this top accolade from Ofsted. This effectively places the College in the top 5% when compared with the previous year’s data. Out of 39 categories scored by the inspection team, Kendal scored the highest grade, Outstanding, in 34 of them.  “Outcomes for learners are outstanding. Learners aged 14 to 18 are extremely successful in gaining qualifications.”

      One of the key factors was how the students at the College routinely outperform expectations, with higher grades and better jobs. For example, level one NVQ catering students who get jobs in four or five-star hotels and some students who arrive with no GCSEs at all, attain level 3 at the College, start a foundation degree which they then top up to a full honours degree  at the University of Central Lancashire or University of Cumbria.

      “The staff go the extra mile for students. The College is a safe and secure placefor them to learn.” The Ofsted report says: “Kendal College has improved consistently since the last inspection and is now Outstanding.

      “Managers, teachers and other staff are excellent role models for learners. They set themselves high standards and have high expectations. The college is highly inclusive and very effective in removing barriers to learning so that the majority of students make very good progress during their time at college. Learners enjoy college. They are able to choose from a very wide range of provision that ensures they enrol on a course that meets their future career intentions. Learners benefit from excellent support, extensive enrichment opportunities and additional courses that enhance their progression between levels of courses and to employment and higher education.