We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.
- Winston Churchill
At MMAP, the vocational curriculum provides an inclusive programme of study that will support our pupils. The BTEC Construction course will give pupils a combination of practical experience and written assignments. These vocational qualifications provide level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in these sectors, but they are also used in all walks of life. We believe that effective teaching of these subjects will increase pupils understanding and preparation for the world of work.
Believe, Achieve, Exceed:
In Construction, we contribute to the BELIEVE curriculum by addressing employment opportunities in the local community and the wider environment. For example, when choosing the optional units, research is completed into opportunities for young people that will enable them to progress into a trade and progress hopefully into management or the development of their own business. Construction contributes to the ACHIEVE curriculum by emphasising the importance of practical and academic skills that can be used in a variety of subjects and careers. All our KS4 pupils are able to study Construction and the Built Environment at BTEC Level 2 and are given the opportunity to achieve this qualification at the end of year 11 to the highest level. Finally, we contribute to our EXCEED curriculum by developing opportunities for all students to try new activities both in school and the wider community which are transferable skills into the World of Work.
We deliver Construction at KS4. We have planned an ambitious curriculum in this area that meets the needs of all pupils and also meets the examination board expectations. This vocational area has been chosen to respond to the feedback received from employers, staff and pupils, which will give our pupils the best opportunity to succeed and excel. This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent to one GCSE. It has been designed to give pupils the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Construction and the Built Environment but also is linked to many other subjects taught in school like Maths, English and Science etc.
This qualification consists of three mandatory units that form the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding of construction technology and design. One further unit is then chosen (from a choice of seven optional units).
- Unit 1: Construction Technology – Externally Tested
- Unit 2: Construction and Design
- Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction
The optional units
- Carpentry and joinery
- Painting and Decorating
BTEC Construction is assessed through a combination of tutor-marked assignments and external assessments set and marketed by the awarding body.
BTEC Construction is graded using a Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) and Distinction* (D*) scale. If the work produced is not of high enough quality to pass with a P grade, the pupil will be awarded a U (Unclassified).