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BTECs – what are they?

BTECs are designed as specialist work-related qualifications and are available in a range of sectors like business, engineering and ICT. A number of BTECs are recognised as Technical Certificates and form part of the Apprenticeship Framework.

Although they are often studied by full-time students, BTECs also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. Consequently, some schools, colleges and training centres provide courses part-time.

BTECs are available at different levels, from Entry Level Skills for Working Life, right through to professional qualifications at Level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study). They also come in different sizes at each level ensuring you can choose a course that fits around your work or other studies.

In this video students talk who have previously completed BTECs.
BTEC Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment are available in Award and Certificate sizes.

The 360 GLH Extended Certificate and a 480 GLH size Diploma qualifications are accredited and available.

  Award
(120 GLH = 1 GCSE size)
Certificate
(240 GLH = 2 GCSEs size)
 
 
Core unit
Construction Technology (External assessment)
30 GLH
   
Core unit
Construction and Design (Internal assessment)
30 GLH
   
Mandatory unit
Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction (Internal assessment)
30 GLH
   
Optional specialist units
(Internal Assessment)
To a
total of 120 GLH
Core unit
Construction Technology (External assessment)
30 GLH
   
Core unit
Construction and Design (Internal assessment)
30 GLH
   
Mandatory unit
Scientific and Mathematical
Applications for Construction (Internal assessment)
30 GLH
   
Mandatory unit:
Sustainability in Construction (External assessment)
30 GLH
   
Optional specialist units
(Internal Assessment)
To a
total of 240 GLH
 
       

Units

The combination of core, mandatory and specialist units ensures that all learners develop areas of essential construction knowledge, while giving you the chance to tailor the BTEC towards the specific needs and interests of your learners.

Core units

The new BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment comprises two core units: Unit 1: Construction Technology, which is externally assessed, and the internally assessed Unit 2: Construction and Design.

Developed in close consultation with employers and educators, these two units provide an essential platform of knowledge, understanding and applied skills from which every level 2 learner can build the progression pathway that’s right for them – whether it's to further academic or vocational learning, higher education or employment.

Mandatory units

Unit 3: Science and Mathematical Applications for Construction is a mandatory unit within the BTEC First Award. This unit is mandatory as it contains a number of key principles which the learner must study in order to be able to progress to further learning within the sector.

The unit will develop the learner's understanding of the effects of forces and temperature changes on materials used in construction, and how to use mathematical techniques to solve construction problems. The unit focuses specifically on concepts that will be clearly and immediately useful to learners when they undertake construction projects.

Optional specialist units

A broad range of optional specialist units gives learners a chance to focus more closely on a vocational area, supporting progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational course, an academic course or an apprenticeship. You can select units appropriate to your learners’ needs, your local community and your centre's resources.
 

 
 
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