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Schools 14-16 - WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment

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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered over two years, in years 10 and 11; this qualification has been developed by WJEC (the Awarding Body) for candidates wishing to gain some understanding and practical experience of the variety of trades in the Construction Industry.

The qualification has three units covering Safety & Security, Practical Construction Skills (Brickwork, Painting, Plastering and Plumbing) and Planning Construction Projects.

The practical unit covers a range of hand-skills and practical tasks in the following trade areas:

  • Brickwork
  • Painting
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing (extension work only)

Entry requirements

An interest in the Construction industry, an interview and a practical assessment.

Course Content

You will undertake the following units:

  • Health & safety in construction and the legislation that impacts on the construction process.
  • Security on construction sites.
  • Planning practical tasks - schedules of materials and sequences of operations.
  • Carrying out practical construction tasks in brickwork, painting, plastering and plumbing.
  • Evaluating the quality of finished practical tasks.
  • Planning a construction project - preparing a budget, identifying key trades and programming the work.
  • and much more.....

How will I be assessed?

To gain this qualification, learners must successfully complete the following unit assessments:

  • Unit 1: Health Safety & Security - external exam.
  • Unit 2: Practical Construction Skills - internally assessed.
  • Unit 3: Planning Construction Projects - internally assessed.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to have safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots. (NB. overalls must be purchased through Derby College).

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of the qualification and depending on the grades achieved, learners may wish to progress on to further study, such as:

  • Level 1 or 2 Diploma in a specific vocational trade area, such as Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting and Decorating, Plastering and Plumbing.
  • An Apprenticeship Programme at level 2 or 3.

Further study can lead to a variety of careers within the Construction industry, including electrician, painter and decorator, bricklayer, maintenance operative, project manager and quantity surveyor.


(This qualification is on the Department of Education headline performance measures in the technical award category).


This course is run at the Hudson Building

Hudson Building

About the Hudson Building»

Jordan Richards

Jordan Richards

Building a winning future

Jordan Richards built his confidence as well as his technical skills on a Derby College Construction course – and the quality of his work has now been recognised in a string of competitions. Having taken a full-time course at our Ilkeston campus, Jordan secured an apprenticeship with GF Tomlinson, returning to College to take his qualifications to the next level. His tremendous commitment to his work saw him win the Junior Regional Skill Build brickwork title, take runner-up place in the Guild of Bricklayers regional competition, and gain a commendation in the College’s 2014 Peak Awards. He also reached the national finals of the Young Builder of the Year Award, attending a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Jordan has participated in many competitions alongside his study at Derby College. He has achieved an outstanding amount of awards and commendations.

Commended - National Finals for Young Builder of the Year Award, 16-24-year-old category
Commended – Construction Apprentice/Work-based Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Winner – Regional Skillsbuild, Junior Bricklaying category Runner-up – Regional Guild of Master Bricklayers, Junior category


Highly Commended Construction Learner of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards
Highly Commended Apprentice of the Year Award at the Derby College Peak Awards


Winner – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) heats of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Second - Regional Skillsbuild heats Gold medal – Regional (NOTTS/LINCOLN) final of the Guild of Master Bricklayers
Runner-up – CITB Apprentice of the Year Awards Second place – Regional Skillsbuild final

I am enjoying my placement with GF Tomlinson and I learnt a lot over the course of just a year.

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