BTEC Level 2 Firsts Construction and the Built Environment

Course duration

1 session a week over 1 academic year (+1 term if required)

£60pp per session | Open course

Session times

09:30 am – 1:30 pm | 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Btec Firsts

Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, this vocational qualification provides Level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the construction sector.

This course will cover 4 units over 1 academic year and is equivalent to a GCSE.

BTEC First Awards are primarily designed for use in schools as an introductory Level 1/Level 2 course for learners who want to study in the context of a vocational sector. The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and, prepare learners to enter the workplace.

Learning aims:

Construction Technology
  • Understand the structural performance required for low-rise construction
  • Explore how sub-structures are constructed
  • Explore how superstructures are constructed
Construction Design
  • Understand the work of the construction industry
  • Understand a client’s needs to develop a design brief for a low-rise building
  • Produce a range of initial sketch ideas to meet the requirements of a client brief for a low-rise building
Construction Mathematics
  • Understand the effects of forces and temperature changes on materials used in construction
  • Use mathematical techniques to solve construction problems

Practical options for this course include:

Please note: A group can only study one BTEC practical option from one of the below.
  • Understand tools, materials and equipment used for plumbing operations
  • Develop practical skills using safe techniques to undertake plumbing operations
  • Understand tools, materials and equipment used in carpentry and joinery
  • Develop practical skills using safe techniques to produce a timber frame
  • Understand tools, materials and equipment used for brickwork and blockwork
  • Develop practical skills and safe techniques to construct brickwork and blockwork
During the academic year, students will also learn how to:
  • Install laminate flooring
  • Install skirting boards, fill and gloss
  • Build a brick wall
  • Install a tiled roof
  • Wire an electrical ring main
  • Heat weld plumbing fittings
  • Install wall tiles
  • Form four different wooden joints
  • Sand and gloss doors
  • Install door furniture
  • Build a stud wall
  • Use various hand and electric tools