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Construction and the Built Environment Level 2 Full-time (including the T Level Foundation Year)

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and Maths plus pre-admission assessments.

You will achieve

Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment

Course overview

The BTEC First in Construction and the Built Environment can help you take your first steps towards a career in the construction industry. You’ll learn essential skills from bricklaying, carpentry and joinery to plumbing, painting and decorating.

This qualification prepares you for employment and higher education in the construction sector and is suitable for you if you are interested in pursuing a professional or technical career in the construction industry. This course may suit you if you want to work in the professional area of construction as a Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Building Surveyor, Project Manager, Site Manager, Civil Engineer, Property Developer, Housing Manager, Facilities Manager, etc. Or if you want to work in the technical areas such as CAD, design, surveying, highways, housing, contracting etc.

This qualification is suitable for you if you wish to kickstart a career in professional construction, in relation to design, surveying and planning. The qualification will suitably prepare you to  study a T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning after one year.

Course content

As well as the main course themes, you will also study additional content that will prepare you for employment or progression to a higher level course. You will develop your problem solving
skills and you will have the opportunity to design and develop construction projects whilst working in a supportive environment.

This specialist course will also allow you to enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy and develop transferable skills in communication.

Core units

The core units underpin the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the construction and built environment sector.

  • Unit 1: Construction Technology – this unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Learners will develop an understanding of the structural performance required for low-rise construction, and explore how substructures and superstructures are constructed. This unit will be externally assessed.
  • Unit 2: Construction and Design – in this unit learners will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes, and the contribution it makes to wider society. Learners will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.

Mandatory units

  • Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction: In this unit learners will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical construction contexts. Learners will develop an understanding of the scientific principles affecting the performance of construction materials, and develop skills to perform mathematical calculations in construction contexts.
  • Unit 11: Sustainability in Construction: This unit has been included as a mandatory unit within this qualification as it has been highlighted by employers and stakeholders as a key element in the sector. In this unit learners will develop a broader understanding of the important topic of sustainability and how construction can have an impact on the environment. They will also examine techniques that can be used within construction projects to reduce the impact on the environment and improve the long-term sustainability of a project. This unit will be externally assessed.

Optional specialist units

Learners choose four further units from the 11 optional specialist units offered within this qualification, building on the core and the mandatory units to provide them with an opportunity to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of areas of the construction sector, depending on their interests and motivation. The range of optional specialist units included in this qualification are suitable for learners already considering a career in the construction sector or for progression into further study.

  • Unit 4: Construction Processes and Operations: You will develop further knowledge of the processes and operations used in low-rise construction projects, the sequencing of construction work and how the properties of construction materials affect their specification and use.
  • Unit 5: Construction Drawing Techniques: You will develop the techniques to interpret and produce clear construction drawings through a variety of methods.
  • Unit 12: The Construction Industry: You will examine the roles and responsibilities of different jobs within the industry and investigate the career pathways available to them.

Units 6 to 15 allow learners to develop their knowledge of the principles and techniques used in one area of the construction industry. Each unit also includes contextualised health and safety aspects and allows the learner to work independently to produce their own piece of work. The units are:

  • Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 7: Exploring Blockwork and Brickwork Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 8: Exploring Painting and Decorating Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 9: Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 10: Exploring Electrical Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 13: Exploring Roofing and Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 14: Exploring Wall and Floor Tiling Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 15: Exploring Plastering and Dry Lining Principles and Techniques

Full specifications from the awarding body at:




The assessment will be through a series of reports, practical and some external examinations that will enable you to provide evidence of meeting the assessment criteria. You will learn by completing projects and assignments which are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

To achieve a pass grade for the unit, learners must meet the assessment criteria set out in the specification. Additional assessment criteria are required to achieve Merit and Distinction grades.

You will require a scientific calculator and general stationery. A concise list will be provided at interview.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

Learners usually go onto T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning

See what careers are available in the Construction sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Construction and the Built Environment Level 2 Full-time (including the T Level Foundation Year)

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