Study Programme Construction Level 1
To study this course you must have basic communication skills although there are no formal prior qualifications required. You will benefit from having some experience of using basic tools and equipment. You will need to attend an interview to determine your suitability for the course. On the first day of course you must bring a national security number and proof of parents or guardians earnings so an application for bursary payments can be made.
What will I learn on this course?
On this course you will undertake three qualifications, multi-skill construction, functional skills and Health and Safety training
Construction: you will develop hand skills in joinery, bricklaying and tiling skills.
Construction Skills Certification Scheme card: you will develop knowledge in Health and Safety and environmental awareness which will prepare you to complete external and internal tests.
Also as part of the course you will undertake Functional Skills (English and mathematics) if you do not already have a GCSE at grades A*-C (4-9).
You will also have the opportunity to attend several courses delivered by outside organisations such as working at height, abrasive wheels, health and safety, manual handling and asbestos awareness.
To ensure that you are gaining the most from the programme you will participate in a work experience placement with a well-known construction company. Participation in this programme is vital for your success and achievement on the course and will be reviewed periodically during the
Please note that this is a full time programme and you will be expected to attend all sessions.
Assessment and Awarding Body: Basic Construction Diploma
(City and Guilds), CSCS card (CITB),
Functional Skills (Edexcel)
Construction: your skills will be assessed throughout the course through products of work, questioning and tutor observations. You will be expected to complete an evidence based portfolio for each qualification. This will require some classroom based work where you will work to build a file of evidence and sit an on-line test to prove competency.
CSCS card: you will be taught and assessed during the course. You will complete online practice tests which will help prepare for a multiple choice online test which will be set at an external centre.
You will be expected to attend a minimum of 95% of the taught sessions to ensure you will have the best chance of achieving all of the qualification.
What else do I need to know?
This vocational training will allow you to sample the different disciplines and learn about basic principles adhered to within the construction industry. You will learn valuable knowledge and skills such as Health and Safety and the correct use of tools and equipment. The employability element will allow you to focus on your personal development and gain an insight into what is expected in a working environment. The CSCS card will be fully paid for by us upon completion of the online multiple choice test. You will be funded to re-sit this test once.
All necessary equipment and materials will be provided for you and we will also supply suitable protective footwear and overalls. You may wish to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. You may be entitled to a weekly training allowance known as a bursary which will be means tested. There are two types of bursary – discretionary or guaranteed and you will only qualify for one of these under the guidelines below:
The discretionary bursary includes £10 per day and reimbursement of travel expenses on production of valid tickets. To qualify for a discretionary bursary payment you will need a household income of less than £25,000 or be eligible for certain benefits. Parents or guardians need to supply P60, letter from benefits agency no older than three months or within the current benefit year, pension award letter, wage slip, self-employment tax return slip.
To claim the guaranteed bursary which is paid at £5 per day you must produce a letter from your organisation you are involved with i.e. Leaving Care Team, in receipt of income support or be in receipt of independence living allowance.
We are now able to increase your bursary payment to £10 per day whilst you attend your programme but you must be making satisfactory progress and have good attendance. This is subject to review.
What could I do next?
You could progress onto a trade-specific course at Level 2.
Course Start Date(s)Various - please see prospectus for further details.
Course LengthCourse will be delivered over 32 weeks and learners will attend up to 3 days per week.