Level 1/2 Award in Construction and the Built Environment

Construction Overview

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment is an option subject that students can choose at the end of Year 9.

This course gives students the opportunity to develop an awareness of the Construction Industry and how the various trades people, inspectors, site supervisors, architects and project managers work together to complete these varied projects. It is also an opportunity to experience a wide range of crafts for those seeking employment in the Construction Industry.

The Level 1/2 award focuses on:

  • Various trades – i.e. joiners, bricklayers, etc.
  • Site management – i.e. supervisors, charge-hands, etc.
  • Project management – i.e. architects, engineers, etc.

Other areas covered:

  • Working in Construction
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Site Surveying
  • Planning a scheme/project
  • Drawings – construction details and specifications
  • Finance – working out costs for building projects and services



WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment offer a learning experience that focuses learning for 14-19 year olds through applied learning, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.

Each qualification is built from discrete units, but allows for both synoptic learning and assessment. Each unit has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose is the vehicle through which the learning contained in the unit is made relevant and purposeful. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study how buildings are constructed. The applied purpose provides the opportunity for authentic work related learning, but more than this, it will require learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop:
· skills required for independent learning and development;
· a range of generic and transferable skills;
· the ability to solve problems;
· the skills of project based research, development and presentation;
· the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional
· the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts.
The qualifications have been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning where learners are introduced to a context for learning, review previous learning to plan activities, carry out activities and review outcomes and learning. This approach mirrors many work related activities in constructing the built environment and also provides for learning in a range of contexts thus enabling learners to apply and extend their learning. As such, the qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in construction and the built environment and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment or training.

WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Constructing the Built Environment Unit Titles

Assessment Arrangements


Safety and security in construction

 External Assessment


Practical construction skills

 Internal Assessment


Planning construction projects

 Internal Assessment

Revision Links:

Constructing the Built Environment (WJEC):





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