Head of Department: Mr S Jenkins

Level and Exam Board:

Level 1 – City & Guilds

Aims of the Course:

  • To provide an introduction to the construction industry and cover essential skills in the following construction trades: carpentry and joinery and electrical installation.
  • This is a Level 1 qualification that enables you to progress into further learning in the construction sector. You will learn practical skills that enable you to complete common tasks in carpentry & joinery and electrical installation. You will take this qualification if you wish to improve your manual dexterity to enable you to progress in to further learning in either of these two areas.
  • You can take this Level 1 Certificate if you have no previous experience in construction. You will need to be confident in your ability to undertake common tasks in carpentry & joinery and electrical installation, and you will be confident that you want to focus on working in the construction industry.

Course Outline:

  • Health and Safety in The Construction Industry:
    Covering rules, regulations and laws in relation to working in all aspects of the Construction Industry.
  • Carpentry:
    Measuring and Marking out, checking for square, working accurately.
    Commonly used tools, their names and how to use them safely.
    Practice making Halving Joints, Housing joints, Bridle and/or Mortice and Tenon joints.
  • Electrical Installation:
    Wiring a Plug, Ceiling Rose and Bulb holder with flex.
    Installing a one way lighting Circuit.
    Installing a two way lighting Circuit.
    Installing a Final Ring Main Circuit.

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Assessment Summary:

Each practical task is followed by a short written assessment to make sure that students have learnt all the necessary names and terms of tools, joints and processes. There is no final exam in either Yr10 or Yr11. Verbal and written feedback is an ongoing and continual process.

Equipment/ Suggested Resources:

Students if they wish to can bring in their own Safety Goggles and gloves if they so choose, otherwise these items and all other appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided.

Sturdy thick soled school shoes should always be worn, never trainers. Students can bring in their own safety footwear if they prefer.

Department Facilities:

Students will have access to the Technology workshops and the Construction workshop along with all the associated tools and equipment necessary.

Trips/ Visits:

Visits to local building sites are arranged as and when the possibility arises. These do not usually incur any cost for the students.

Career Relevance:

Any student thinking about a trade in the Construction Industry, even in a trade not covered currently by this course, i.e. Brick Laying or Plumbing, will benefit from the valuable experience and transferable skills offered on this practical programme of study.