Miss Yvonne Howells, Head of department
Mr Dominic Bromley
Some of this content was created before Covid-19 rules were in force.
ROOMS AND RESOURCES
The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment is a vocational qualification and is taught in the Design and Technology department’s design studio and workshop, whereby pupils develop their subject knowledge and carpentry skills. We also have a purpose-built building so pupils can experience and develop bricklaying skills throughout the year.
THE CURRICULUM – A BRIEF OVERVIEW
The course has been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning.
In Year 10, pupils will gain and apply knowledge of safety and security in construction, learning about roles and responsibilities under various regulations. Pupils will identify and understand the use of safety signs and fire extinguishers. They will identify hazards in a variety of situations and understand and implement controls to minimise risk. This will be assessed externally using an online examination platform. Pupils also build up their construction skills to include carpentry, painting and bricklaying skills through mini projects.
In Year 11, pupils complete two further units: Practical Construction Skills and Planning Construction Projects. This allows the pupils to apply the knowledge learnt in Year 10 to current projects. Pupils will plan the construction tasks and then manufacture a permanent structure around School. At present, we have been constructing school benches to showcase the pupils’ bricklaying, carpentry and painting skills.
Teachers upload assignments on Hwb Teams and create blended learning tasks so all pupils can complete work set for home learning.
Many pupils go on to study Construction at college or continue to study Product Design at Sixth Form, or if given the opportunity become an apprentice to local companies.