Head of Subject: Mr D Barton


Throughout our department we want to allow the students to be creative and innovative. We want them to learn new skills with a range of tools and materials, traditional and modern, in a controlled and safe environment and understand that making mistakes is a part of the journey and that we learn by trying and doing. Our vision is to provide students with an awareness of real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to ensure the students leave with technical and practical competencies as well as the wider soft skills that can be transferred to everyday life.

Construction and the Built Environment will aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the built environment, including its design, construction, and maintenance. Students will learn about various aspects such as architectural design, structural engineering, sustainable construction, and building regulations.
Through hands-on activities, practical exercises, and potential site visits, students will develop essential skills in construction techniques, project management, and problem-solving. They will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering their ability to work effectively in the construction industry.
The course is designed in collaboration with industry professionals, ensuring that the content remains up-to-date and relevant to the current practices and trends in the construction sector. Students will gain insights into emerging technologies, sustainable construction methods, and the importance of health and safety regulations.

The course will provide students with a solid foundation for pursuing further studies or careers in the built environment sector. By developing their knowledge and skills, students will be well-prepared for vocational training, apprenticeships, or higher education programs in fields such as architecture, civil engineering, construction management, or surveying.
In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the course will also focus on developing transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. These skills are essential for success in any professional setting and will benefit students in their future endeavours.

Overview of the Construction Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:

Construction Curriculum Overview

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

Click here to view the GCSE Construction specification

Other materials can be found here


Enrichment and Additional Learning Opportunities 

  • Vocational exam enrichment - (Following Y11 timetable) - Modelling key questions and core Construction topic revision
  • Vocational practical enrichment (Following Y11 timetable) - Working on developing key practical skills for their final assessments
  • Y10 enrichment - Practical catch up sessions working on skill taught during the lesson.