Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School



This course is for pupils who want to learn about the construction industry from the build perspective. It provides learners with a broad introduction to the different trades involved in the sector and the types of career opportunities available. Pupils will learn about Health and Safety in the construction industry and the roles and responsibilities of both the Employer and Employee. Pupils will learn a variety of construction skills including; carpentry and joinery, tiling, electrical work and some basic plumbing.

GCSE Construction

Course Components

The Level 1/2 award in constructing the built environment is assessed in the following ways.

Task 1

60 minute on-line exam which is taken in June of year 10.

Task 2

Practical construction skills. Pupils will carry out 3 practical renovation tasks which will include carpentry/joinery, tiling and electrical work. This work is carried out and then a report written up.

Task 3

Designing the built environment. Pupils will be given a design task in which they have to plan the build of a simple structure.

Throughout year 10 pupils will prepare for the health and safety exam and practice a range of practical skills.

Project 1

Pupils will learn how to fit door hinges, fit a door handle and hang a door.

Project 2

Cutting simple wood joints.

Project 3

Tiling. Pupils will learn to prepare, an area for tiling and learn how to cut, lay and finish a tiled area.

Project 4

Stud walling. pupils will learn how to build and dry line a stud wall and experiment with different fastenings and fixings.

Project 5

Electrical work. pupils will begin by wiring a plug before moving on to an extension lead and finally wiring a light switch and light.

At the start of year 11 pupils will start task 2 and then complete task 3. After the assessed work has been completed pupils will learn some basic plumbing skills including replacing tap washers and installing and repairing bathroom equipment and water tanks.


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • STEM Engineering club
  • 3D printing Club
  • Young Enterprise
  • Brunel award competition
  • Yr 11 Coursework club


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