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Key Stage 4

WJEC Level 1/2 Planning and Maintaining the Built Environment

The WJEC Level 1 & 2 Vocational Award in planning and maintaining Built Environment is a practical, work-related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. These situations link to the world of construction.

The course will allow you to:

  • Gain an understanding of the construction sector and a range of core craft and building services skills.
  • Gain confidence in essential construction-based maths and science
  • Learn and apply the knowledge, and practice the skills you will need to follow your chosen career or future studies
  • Build your confidence, and achieve your full potential in your assessments.

The course introduces students to basic practical trades and provides a good basis to go on to a more advanced work-related qualification.

Key Stage 5

Level 3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment provides learners with the underpinning knowledge and basic skills needed in a wide range of industry areas. It explores the built environment in terms of its economic, social and environmental impact on both individuals and communities. This Diploma also looks at the different demands made upon land use over time as well as the activities which shape, develop and influence the built environment. The Construction and the Built Environment Diploma provides an understanding of how this key sector works from the inside out. For learners who want to establish a firm foundation of knowledge and skills in construction and the built environment. 


Students will need to meet the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 applied study. Both GCSE Maths and English Grade 4+ will be required. Students who have successfully completed the CAA Bricklaying or Site Carpentry course to a high standard in Year 12 may progress onto Level 3 Construction and stay for a total of three years in Sixth Form.

NVQ/SVQ CAA Diploma Level 2 Bricklaying

The CAA Bricklaying one-year course is a detailed and thorough course, designed to compete with an apprenticeship. As well as thorough and detailed practical assignments in terms of bricklaying, the course also covers all aspects of modern domestic building. Students not only learn all practical aspects, but the theory explains the whole building process from start to finish; integrating other trades, materials use and specification, programming, estimating, health and safety procedures and the reasoning behind each part of a structure, its use, positioning and respective properties and relevance to the build. 

The qualification comprises:

  • general core units
  • occupation specific units
  • synoptic practical assignment
  • multiple choice unit end tests
  • online testing of knowledge


As this course is very popular, students are required to apply early to ensure consideration onto this course. All applicants will be required to complete an aptitude test and on successful completion they will be awarded a place on a first come first served basis.

NVQ/ SVQ CAA Diploma Level 2 Site Carpentry

The Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry is a one-year course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of people, enabling them to work in the industry in their chosen craft. It has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions, and the test(s) are based on the learner showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

The Qualification comprises:

  • general core units
  • occupation specific units
  • synoptic practical assignment
  • multiple choice unit end tests
  • online testing of knowledge.

All the units of training must be completed by each learner. ALL outcomes must be achieved during the training programme. To gain the diploma, learners must achieve all units, the synoptic practical assignment and multiple choice unit tests. They must also pass the Evolve online test. Another important feature of the qualification is that it provides a progression route towards achieving a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).