Centre Assessment Grades
A number of the resources provided within may help inform your decisions when making judgements on Centre Assessment Grades. These include the specification and specimen assessment materials, grade boundary information, exemplification of examination performance documentation and agreement trial guidance materials (where available). Watch a short overview video.
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.
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.