- Course Code: TBS200
- Duration: 1 academic year
- Validated by: EDEXCEL
- Study mode: Full Time
Construction and the Built Environment level 2, can help you take your first steps towards a career in the construction industry.
This qualification prepares you for employment or 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 an 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
- What will I study?
Mandatory units will underpin the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the
construction and built environment sector.
Construction Technology – this unit covers the different forms of construction
that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. You will develop an
understanding of the structural performance required for low-rise construction, and
explore how substructures and superstructures are constructed.
Construction and Design – in this unit you will develop a broad understanding
of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes, and the contribution it
makes to wider society. You will also look at how client needs can shape the design
of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.
Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – you
will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical
construction contexts. You will develop an understanding of the scientific principles
affecting the performance of construction materials, and develop skills to perform
mathematical calculations in construction contexts.
Sustainability in Construction – has been highlighted by employers and stakeholders as a
key element in the sector. In this unit you will develop a broader understanding of
the important topic of sustainability and how construction can have an impact on the
environment. You 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.
In addition to the four Mandatory units you will also build your knowledge within the following areas:
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.
Construction Drawing Techniques – you will initially investigate the different kinds of drawings used in the
construction industry and explore the purpose of each. This will be followed by an
introduction to the resources needed to produce these drawings. You will become
familiar with the drawing equipment and materials in common use and be
introduced to a computer-aided drafting (CAD) environment
Tendering and Estimating – you will learn about the different types of documentation and
information that the estimator has to use to complete the estimate, and some of
the techniques used to calculate the cost of construction work. You will also learn
how the estimate is converted into a tender, taking into account market forces
and other factors, and how this makes estimating an exciting and competitive
area of construction.
- Entry Requirements
4 x GSCEs at Grade D/3 including English Language and maths or completion of a level 2 course.
- What can I do next?
This course may suit you if you want to work in the professional area of construction as an 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.
The next step may be going into a workplace fulltime, or choose to study the Level 3 course.
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