Introduction to Construction (NOCN Entry Level 3)

Course Duration

3 terms | £60pp per session

Session Times

09:30am – 11:30am | 12:30pm – 2:30pm


Construction Multi-skills (NOCN Level 1) or BTEC Firsts Construction and the Built Environment.   Our cohorts for this course start in September, in January and again in April (in correspondence with school term dates).

This course is aimed at Year 8, 9, 10 & 11s.

Introduction to Construction (NOCN Entry Level 3)

The maximum number of pupils per group is 6. The NOCN Entry Level Award in Introduction to Construction (Entry 3) is designed to provide an introduction to the construction industry.

Learners will gain knowledge on how to prepare for a career in construction with plenty of hands-on experience using tools and equipment for the practical activities. They will gain an understanding about the different career opportunities in the construction industry, the importance of health and safety in construction, environmental issues relating to construction. learn hands-on construction skills, as well as use lots of different tools and equipment.

Learning aims and duties:

Support the coordination of roofing site-based projects alongside supervisory and technical teams on an individual site, a range of sites or in an office environment.

Identify the suitability of health and safety documentation, including risk assessments and method statements, to assist in ensuring sufficient planning has been carried out for tasks to be completed safely.

The maximum number of pupils per group is 6. Our cohorts for this course start in September, in January and again in April (in correspondence with school term dates).

Learning aims:


  • Measure and cut timber and timber-based products to given dimensions.
  • Form basic joints using hand tools.
  • Join timber and/or timber-based products.
  • Produce basic products, such as a frame or box, using basic joints and fixings.


  • Set out wall and return (minimum 1m each).
  • Lay bricks dry at least two courses high.
  • Know how to prepare mortar.
  • Lay bricks using a stretcher bond at least four courses high.
  • Finish joints.
  • Check for plumb and level.


  • Carry out surface preparation including cleaning, filling and smoothing surfaces as required.
  • Undercoat surfaces.
  • Apply coats as required to timber and one other surface.
  • One surface must allow learner to cover a minimum area of 1.5m x 1.5m.
  • Cut in to at least one floor/ceiling and one internal corner.
  • Learner must use at least one undercoat product and two paint types.


  • Prepare surfaces to receive tile adhesive.
  • Set out surface.
  • Lay tiles to specification.
  • Cut tiles and fix to a minimum area of 0.75m x 0.75m.
  • Prepare grout.
  • Complete grouting to specification.


  • Prepare surfaces to receive plaster.
  • Perform suction test.
  • Apply scrim as necessary.
  • Plaster a minimum area of 1m x 1m.
  • Complete plastering to specification.


  • Measure and cut plastic / copper pipes to match specification (10mm tolerance).
  • Assemble frames (minimum size 300mm by 250mm) using compression / push fit.
  • Assemble frames using solder end feed.
  • Attach frames to a board.
  • Test frame to ensure no leak.