GCSE Construction and the Built Environment (2017)

The CCEA GCSE Construction and the Built Environment specification features up-to-date content that reflects modern-day practices in the construction industry.

It encourages students to develop their knowledge of the industry, which they then apply in relevant and work-related contexts.

Students learn to interpret drawings of domestic buildings and explore the materials and sustainable methods used in domestic and commercial construction. The specification also helps students to appreciate the importance of health and safety in the construction industry.

To enhance their practical skills, students complete a craft project based on woodwork, brickwork or blockwork. They also develop their computer-aided design knowledge, understanding and skills by producing a portfolio of work.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology Area of Learning.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Unit 2: Sustainable Construction
  • Unit 3: The Construction Craft Project
  • Unit 4: Computer Aided Design in Construction.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2018
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/1372/9
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2
Subject Code: 0006

Skills developed through our GCSE Construction

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. These skills include working with others, self-management and problem-solving.

The specification encourages students to develop craft skills, computer-aided design skills and technical skills, as well as knowledge and understanding of the construction industry.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to our GCE in Technology and Design and/or Environmental Technology. They could also progress to a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or further study in a related area such as engineering, manufacturing or architecture.

For more information on this specification contact:

Crea McCormick
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2239
Nuala Tierney
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2292

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