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Construction Technology - Level 6

Programme Title:  Construction Technology

SCQF Level:  6

Qualifications Description:  Within NC Framework

Start Date: June 2014                                End Date: May 2015

Day/Time: on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm

Course Outline/Description:

This course is ideal as a first step for learners wanting to know more about the world of construction, while also giving the knowledge and skills needed for a career within the industry at technician level. Covering a range of Architecture and Civil Engineering subjects this course will help with career choice in construction.

Semester 1 - Units to be completed: 

Construction Site Surveying:

Interpretation of data from site plans developed for individual construction projects and from Ordnance Survey maps and plans. Practical survey and production of a site plan, contour plan and section.

Building Design and Technology:

This Unit is suitable for candidates who have limited knowledge of the various factors which affect the design of a house. On completion of this Unit the candidate will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the prime factors which influence the way in which a design evolves. Allied to this will be an awareness of the technical constraints on house construction.

Semester 2 - Units to be completed:

Computer Aided Drawing in Construction:

Interpretation and production of graphic and statistical data using professional software packages and applications.

Construction materials: An Introduction:

This Unit is designed to provide candidates with an introduction to construction materials commonly used in the construction industry. This Unit is suitable for candidates with no prior experience of construction materials. It gives candidates an introduction to the production processes for construction materials, together with an introduction to the properties of materials and their identification by physical inspection.

Assessment Method for each of the Listed Units for this programme:

The awards encourage a more holistic approach to assessment and this has been adopted in this award. The specification places the emphasis on assessing the whole Outcome or a combination of Outcomes rather than on individual Performance Criteria. Unit definitions allow the use of ‘sampling’ of knowledge and/or skills where appropriate.

Describe how the pupils will be encouraged to develop Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work:

Successful Learners

  • Goals & Achievement set at unit introduction
  • Learning linked to the unit outcomes + prof practice
  • New ideas introduced and discussed
  • Achievement and progress reviews provided
  • Students participation in feedback/evaluation
  • Adaption of Learning Styles/Strategies to Suit Group.
  • Technology used for learning where appropriate
  • Learning independently and as part of a group through activities Working towards the achievement of all outcomes
  • Participating in group discussions and problem solving as part of a team
  • Core Skill – written and spoken communication used, IT used for investigation

Confident Individuals

  • Working in teams and groups, opportunity for leadership activities
  • Encouragement to participate and contribute to in Class Discussions
  • Encouragement to ask questions

Values and beliefs discussed – personal values and beliefs and cultural values.

Responsible Citizens

  • Teaching based around a variety of Group/Team Work
  • Projects within Programme
  • Practice at developing a technical solution
  • Independent learning opportunities and responsibility for production of design for presentation
  • Working with others and contributing to team activities, building trust and accountability
  • Inclusion of Student Rep’s
  • Class discussion of College Policies
  • Interaction with other learners

      Effective Contributors

  • Contribute to teamwork, discussion of ideas for solving problems and planning projects.
  • Opportunity to lead group and feedback to class
  • Self-reliance – responsibility for undertaking individual piece of research.

Students have the opportunity to relate theoretical content of the unit to scenarios (real and imaginary) from different types of construction industry settings. Good understanding of structure is a valuable asset in an employee. 

If there are opportunities within this programme to progress, please describe them below:

This programme may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to:

  • Technician Modern Apprenticeships
  • HN qualifications in Construction, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, or Facilities Management 
  • Employment as a technical trainee with private, local authority, government, military or academic employers in the sector

Candidates who successfully complete HN or SVQ/Modern Apprenticeship programmes could progress to degree level courses or professional body qualifications.