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CONSTRUCTION & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification: BTEC Level 2

 

Course Description

The course is designed for students with an interest in the construction industry. Students will gain knowledge and practical skills through the following Units:

Unit 1: Construction Technology: You will develop a detailed understanding of how buildings are constructed - from site preparation and foundations to traditional and modern methods of building construction.

Unit 2: Construction and Design: You will analyse needs and constraints in order to produce a typical client brief for a low-rise domestic building and produce a range of sketched proposals and develop perspective views and technical drawings.

Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction: You will be able to appreciate the importance of these concepts to the construction industry, and be much better placed to apply them in a wide vocational context.

Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques: This practical unit will introduce you to the tools, materials and personal protective equipment (PPE) used by carpenters and joiners. You will produce a sample wooden frame using traditional methods and joints.

Unit 7: Exploring Brickwork and Block Work Principles and Techniques: This practical unit will introduce you to commonly used hand tools, equipment and craft skills needed to construct basic brickwork and block work structures. You will construct a cavity wall using traditional methods.

Unit 8: Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques: This practical unit will introduce you to the tools, materials, equipment and safety procedures that painters and decorators use in their work and develop some basic painting and wallpapering skills.

Unit 12: The Construction Industry: You will develop a detailed understanding of the roles of the many different personnel employed within the construction sector. You will also explore approaches to help you seek employment in the construction industry and gain confidence in job-seeking situations.

 

How Will You Learn

This qualification will provide you with practical experience in construction and learning in the classroom. You will learn many aspects of construction including practical experience from a variety of trades.

You will also learn important skills like teamwork, creative thinking and problem solving.

 

How Will You Be Assessed

You will be formally assessed throughout the two years by practical assessments per unit and by producing a coursework folder. Students will have the chance to complete many practical tasks relating to the units before the final assessments. 25% of the course will be externally assessed through written examination.

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

On successful completion of this award, you will be able to undertake further studies as follows:

  • First diploma or national diploma course in Construction depending on your area of interest.

NVQ level 1 Modern Apprenticeship in Construction. Students could work towards an NVQ Level 2 on a day release basis.

Career Routes

Careers in Construction. These may include the following:

Carpenter & Joiner, Bricklayer, Painter & Decorator, General builder. It also allows for routes to professional careers in in areas such as architecture, engineering and management.

 

Pupil comments

“The work is challenging and enjoyable’’.

“You get be assessed throughout the course, on a range of assignments, rather than in one final exam.’’

 


 

 

ENGINEERING GCSE

Examination Board:   AQA Specification:  8852

Description of Course

The Engineering GCSE is designed to provide you with a general understanding and knowledge of the Engineering profession.  During this course, you will complete the following core topics: engineering materials, engineering manufacturing processes, systems, testing and investigation, the impact of modern technologies and practical engineering skills.

You will be taught mechanical, electrical, electronic, structural and pneumatic systems such as: electronic programming, static and dynamic loads, stress and strain calculations, aerodynamics and robotics.

You will be taught practical skills such as: Machining, using vertical and horizontal milling machines and machining on centre lathes; Joining materials using MIG welding, brazing and riveting; Sheet metal forming, sand casting and bench fitting; and electronics involving designing circuits using CAD and soldering.

You will also learn the uses of: Mechanical Computer Aided Design: 2D CAD and 3D CAD solid modelling; Use Computer Numerical Control (CNC)/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) in the manufacture of a product.

Students wishing to undertake this course should have a good KS3 background in science and mathematics. You need to be working towards a confident Grade 5+ in maths at GCSE.

 

How Will You Learn

The Engineering GCSE provides an exciting and motivating programme of study with a significant degree of ‘learning through doing’.  The combination of practical and theory activities supports a range of learning styles and encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning through problem solving, analysing and researching.

 

Method of Assessment

The course is assessed through 2 assessment components:

  • Practical engineering: Design and make coursework portfolio marked within school that includes engineering drawings and a practical mechanical/electronic product. This accounts for 40% of the GCSE.
  • Exam: 2 hour written exam that accounts for 60% of GCSE and is assessed externally.

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Successful completion of the Engineering GCSE, can lead to Level 3 study in an Engineering specialist field, or an A-level in Product Design (both offered here at Liskeard) or an apprenticeship and associated training.

Career Routes

The range of engineering careers is too numerous to list but can include working in industries such as: Aeronautical, Marine, Automotive, Mechanical, Electronics, Telecommunications, Computer systems, Robotics, Health, Construction, Energy and many, many more.

 

Pupil comments

“This has been a really valuable course. A good stepping stone for a career in engineering. Looking forward to taking this in sixth form.”

 


 

 

FOOD PREPARATION & NUTRITION

 

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes   100 marks     50% of GCSE
  • Multiple choice questions (20 marks)
  • Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation. (30 marks)
  • Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included. (70 marks)

 

Assessments - Written theory exam at the end of year 11

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes - 100 marks - 50% of GCSE

What's assessed - Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from Sections 1 to 5 above.

Questions:

  • Multiple choice questions (20 marks)

Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks)

 

Non-exam assessment (NEA) 2 pieces of coursework completed in year 11

What's assessed:          

  • 50 % of the GCSE grade.

Task 1: Food investigation - Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task.

Task 2: Food preparation assessment - Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

 

How it's assessed

  • Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation. (30 marks)
  • Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included. (70 marks)

 


 

 

ENGINEERING

Examination Board: AQA      

Specification: Engineering (Single Award) 4852

 

Description of Course

The Engineering GCSE is designed to provide you with a general understanding and knowledge of the Engineering profession. In this course you will investigate different Engineering sectors and engineering roles.

You will undertake a range of activities including:

Investigating the role of the design engineer, designing and prototyping a product for a client, investigating the role of the production engineer, manufacturing an engineered product to a given specification, materials science and types of mechanical, hydraulic and electronic processes.

You will be taught Mechanical and electronic processes such as:

  • Machining: using vertical and horizontal milling machines and turning on centre lathes.
  • Joining materials: MIG welding, brazing and riveting.
  • Sheet metal forming, sand casting and bench fitting.
  • Electronics: Designing circuits using CAD and soldering.
  • Computer Aided Design: 2D CAD and 3D CAD solid modelling.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop useful skills that will serve you equally well in an engineering or other career. Students wishing to undertake this course should have a good KS3 background in science and mathematics.

 

How Will You Learn

The Engineering GCSE provides an exciting and motivating programme of study with a significant degree of ‘learning through doing’. The combination of practical and theory activities supports a range of learning styles and encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning through problem solving, analysing and researching.

 

Method of Assessment

The course is assessed through 2 units. One unit is marked within school and assessed through either written or presented assignments and a combination of practical work and assignments. The other unit is an examination and hence assessed externally.

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Successful completion of the Engineering GCSE, can lead to Level 3 study in an Engineering specialist field, A-levels (all offered here at Liskeard) or an apprenticeship and associated training.

Career Routes

The range of engineering careers is too numerous to list but can include working in industries such as: Aeronautical, Marine, Automotive, Mechanical, Electronics, Telecommunications, Computer systems, Robotics, Health, Construction, Energy and many, many more.

 

Pupil comments

“This has been a really valuable course. A good stepping stone for a career in engineering. Looking forward to taking this in sixth form.”

 


 

 

Product Design

Examination Board: AQA  

Specification: 8552

 

Description of Course

Students will study a series of topics including:

Health and Safety; How to design; Graphic techniques; ICT used in design situations; Design and market influences; Materials and components; Processes and manufacturing techniques; Using CAM; Industrial Practices; Sustainability of design; Social, cultural, moral, environmental, sustainability, economic issues; Consumer rights legislation, product maintenance and codes of practice.

 

How Will You Learn

You will:

  • Have opportunities to develop a range of design and practical skills to allow you to design and manufacture a range of products.
  • Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way.
  • Follow a programme of study that could enable you to progress to further courses in the field of design and manufacturing or become a trade’s person in a range of practical activities that involve the use of a variety of materials.

 

Method of Assessment

Unit 1: Written Paper   (External exam)

2 hours   – 100 marks – 50%

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice   (Coursework)

Approximately 30 -35 hours   – 100 marks – 50%

This consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of externally set tasks.

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

Product Design GCSE is a foundation subject for A level Product Design (offered here at Liskeard School and Community College).

Career Routes

  • Engineering/manufacturing apprenticeships.
  • Degrees in design related areas and design and making related areas.
  • Any manufacturing industry or courses.
  • Any engineering industry or courses.
  • Become a trade’s person in industries involved in the use of resistant materials.
  • Work in the armed services in some form of engineering or construction discipline.
  • Be a more competent DIY person.
  • Work in art/craft industries.

Pupil comments

“I look forward to the practical work. This course will allow me to be more confident when working with materials.”

“I am learning lots of new skills - I am making something that I couldn’t believe I could make!’’

 

 

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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