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Pearson BTEC International Level 2 Qualification in Construction

Whether you’re passionate about designing energy- efficient homes or interested in exploring sustainable building materials for future homes, BTEC Qualifications in Construction feature brand new units, to help students learn the key skills associated with the building industry. The construction industry is packed with highly rewarding, modern careers. 

Career Pathways

  • Building Control Surveyor

  • Building Service Engineer

  • Building Surveyor

  • Construction Manager

  • Site Engineer

  • Quantity Surveyor


Course Content

Extended Certificate 360 hrs

Mandatory units

unit 01    Construction Technology

This unit covers construction methods for low-rise buildings, emphasizing sustainable prefabrication, site preparation, foundation types, excavation safety, and superstructure construction (walls, floors, roofs). It focuses on aesthetic, environmental, and comfort aspects in building design.

unit 02    Exploring Health, Safety & Welfare

                in Construction

This unit in construction emphasizes health and safety, highlighting the need for competence to prevent accidents. It covers organizational responsibilities, risk assessment principles, and relevant legislation. The goal is to ensure safe working practices, minimize accidents, and understand the construction industry's safety landscape.

unit 03    Scientific & Mathematical Applications

                for Construction

Knowing construction materials is essential in the construction industry. This unit covers scientific principles, mathematical calculations, and practical applications for materials in construction, enhancing your skills for a variety of roles.

unit 04    Construction & Design

The construction industry creates diverse buildings to meet client needs and constraints. This unit explores various construction activities, focusing on their impact. You'll learn to develop client briefs and generate sketch proposals. Take this unit at the end of your course for assessment.

unit 05    Construction Processes & Operations

                for Low-rise Domestic Buildings

Understanding low-rise building processes is vital in construction. This unit covers traditional and modern techniques, sequencing, and materials suitability, including the influence of off-site manufacturing.

unit 06    Construction Methods & Techniques

                for Low-rise Domestic Buildings

Construction success depends on teamwork and diverse skills, from designers to craftsmen. This unit covers modern structural forms and building elements, essential for construction professionals. It explores various phases, sustainability, and on-site arrangements, equipping you for various construction roles.

unit 07    Construction Drawing Techniques

Interpreting construction drawings is essential in various construction roles. This unit covers different types of drawings, drawing resources, and standards/conventions. You'll practice manual and CAD drawing techniques to build this important skill.

unit 08    Exploring Carpentry and Joinery

Carpenters install items on construction sites, while joiners craft them in workshops. This unit covers tools, materials, safety, and creating timber frames to specifications for both roles.

unit 09    Performing Joinery Operations

This unit builds on Unit 8, focusing on safe joinery practices. It includes practical tasks like material calculations, scheduling, and making a timber door. Unit 8 is a prerequisite, and Unit 9 also involves selecting protective gear and scheduling for complex tasks.

unit 18    Performing Plumbing Operations

This unit covers plumbing tools, safety measures, and materials like copper and plastic piping. It emphasizes the importance of precision in jointing to prevent future issues in concealed plumbing systems.

unit 19    Performing Electrical Operations 

This unit covers electrical installations in construction, emphasizing safety and compliance. It includes practical tasks like circuit installation and color recognition but doesn't provide full electrician competence, which requires additional training and experience.

unit 11    Exploring Trowel Operations

This unit teaches basic bricklaying and blocklaying skills, focusing on safe tool use. It's an ancient craft vital for building aesthetics and structure. You'll learn essential techniques and tools for working with bricks and blocks, with a strong emphasis on safety.

Top-up Diploma 360 hrs+120 hrs

unit 13    Tendering & Estimating

This unit explores bricklaying, a vital part of construction, building on skills from Unit 11. It covers techniques, safety, bonding, and wall dimension calculations. Completion of Unit 11 is a prerequisite, and Unit 13 includes planning for more complex tasks and selecting personal protective equipment.

unit 10    Performing Carpentry Operations

This unit builds on Unit 8, focusing on safe site-based carpentry practices and a practical task involving door lock and hinge installation.

Completion of Unit 8 is a prerequisite, and Unit 10 also includes selecting personal protective equipment, resources, and scheduling for complex tasks.

unit 21    Exploring Roofing Operations

This unit focuses on roofing operations, covering hand tools, access equipment, safety gear, and techniques. It addresses hazards, risk assessments, and safe tool use.

The practical task involves preparing and fixing plain tiles on a sloping roof, considering working at height and safe access equipment use.

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