Professional Construction Practice (Level 3) - Level 3 Applied Diploma (2 years)

Exam Board: EDUQAS

Expectations of Independent Study

· Pupils should familiarise themselves with Revit CAD software- students will be using this extensively both inside and outside of lessons.

· To develop knowledge of the built environment students can tune in to the B1M site on You Tube. This site is invaluable in explaining the built environment- it is invaluable information that will support both coursework and exams. It is also important to watch the TV series Grand Designs.

· Develop knowledge of the built environment by readying the on line Design Wiki web site.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements plus Grade 9 - 6 in maths. It is desirable to have achieved a Grade 9-6 in Design & Technology GCSE or other equivalent DT course. If you have not studied a DT course then a suitable portfolio will be considered.

Why is it interesting?

Professional Construction Practice (PCP) has been developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals. through a project-based approach, PCP applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. There is extraordinary support from industry leaders, professional bodies and progressive universities. This is an inspiring programme that is up to date and in demand by industry such as our partners Whitecode Consulting and Laing O’ Rourke. Studying this subject will compliment art, geography and media studies.

What skills and knowledge will I develop by studying this subject?

During this course students will develop their research, design and problem solving skills, whilst learning the technical knowledge required to under-take their project work

Component 1: Design the Built

The aim of this unit is to understand and appreciate; the various stages of the design and planning processes, the impact of health and safety on design and the provision of primary service utilities.

Component 2: Create the Built

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the existing and developing processes required to construct a range of buildings including the use of project management and quality assurance. Consideration is also given to job roles within the industry, their interrelationship and career progression.

Component 3: Value and Use the Built Environment.

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the engagement of stakeholders and communities in the development and use of the built environment. The protection of the environment and the physical structure in the use of the built environment will also be considered. Stakeholder and community engagement is the participating audience that the modern construction professional is expected to educate, consult and maintain a constant dialogue with to ensure the positive outcomes of all projects.

Component 4: BIM and Construction Projects.

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand and appreciate; the application of Building Information Modelling(BIM) in managing the design, creation and maintenance of built assets. BIM is the process of designing, constructing or operating a building using electronic objected orientated information. Students will learn how to use industry standard software such as REVIT and Solid works to create solutions to design challenges.

This course would be suitable for students who have the following skills and interests:

Enjoy the process of designing a building. Discovering how buildings are designed and constructed. Developing an in-depth knowledge of the wide range of professions in the Built Environment Sector. Working as a Professional Construction Practitioner

What career pathways are open to me if I study this subject?

It will enable students to progress to a degree or apprenticeship in a range of disciplines in the built environment sector. It is well suited to careers in the creative built environment industry such as architecture and landscape designer.

Assessment Overview

Component 1: Design the Built Environment. 20%, Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment.

Component 2: Create the Built Environment. 20%, External Examination.

Component 3: Value and Use the Built Environment. 20%, External Examination

Component 4: BIM and Construction Projects. 40%, Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment.