Construction, Planning and the Built Environment

September 2021 Construction update

September 2021 Construction update

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year. Here is your September 2021 update, including the most up-to-date information in the Construction sector. In this, you will find information on adaptations in 2021-2022, redeveloped Tech Award for first teaching 2022, BTEC customer briefing events and more.

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards for first teaching September 2022

Summer 2021 appeals

Updated BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017)

September 2021 Construction update

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards for first teaching September 2022

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards for first teaching September 2022

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Draft specifications, Pearson-set assignments (PSAs) and sample assessment materials (SAMs) are now available to view online. From the link below, you can access information on the redevelopment of the BTEC Tech Awards, including a video, and links to all specification pages.

Summer 2021 appeals

Updated BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017)

September 2021 Construction update

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards for first teaching September 2022

Summer 2021 appeals

Summer 2021 appeals

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In this update, you will access information and guidance on the summer 2021 appeals process for BTEC qualifications.

Updated BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017)

September 2021 Construction update

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards for first teaching September 2022

Summer 2021 appeals

Updated BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017)

Updated BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017)

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Centres are advised that all specifications have been updated on 18 June 2021 with an HN progression statement and to correct an error to the structure summary 'at a glance' table. To confirm, optional unit 9, Management of a Construction Project' is now available in the Foundation Diploma.

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As the demand rises for environmentally friendly construction techniques and sustainable practices, individuals with new skills will be required to build the houses of the future. For learners interested in home design, architecture, and the future of the house building industry, centres can create a bespoke course consisting of existing core units from our BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment (2017), alongside specialist units designed in association with MOBIE.

New units

Housing Design Project:

Learners develop skills in responding to a client brief with a housing design proposal and solution.

Offsite and Onsite Alternative Construction Methods:

In order to meet wider changes in the construction industry, learners develop skills in selecting alternative construction methods.

Renewable Energy for Housing:

Learners develop plans for improving the sustainability of homes through renewable energy use, developing a plan to install a renewable system into a domestic property.

The Housing Industry:

Learners will better understand the industry – assessing the drivers that influence the housing market in terms of development, delivery and procurement.

Access BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment

The student book for the new BTEC Nationals in Construction (RQF) is available from the publishing site. The book includes the following units:

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Unit 1: Construction Principles
Unit 2: Construction Design
Unit 3: Tendering and Estimating
Unit 4: Construction Technology
Unit 5: Health and Safety in Construction
Unit 6: Surveying in Construction
Unit 7: Graphical Detailing in Construction
Unit 8: Building Regulations and Control in Construction
Unit 9: Management of a Construction Project
Unit 10: Building Surveying in Construction
Unit 13: Measurement Techniques in Construction

There are also activebook subscriptions available from the same page. 

Access the student book and activebook for BTEC Nationals in Engineering

We have recently heard back from the Department for Education (DfE) in relation to the 2020 lists. BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment is on the list. 

We have made some changes to the qualification and the new specification can be accessed from the qualification page. 

Access the new BTEC First Award in Construction specification

The changes are listed under the section 'Summary of Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment'. This is in the initial pages of the specification. 

To obtain a CSCS green card it is a mandatory requirement to study the following qualification.

To find out where you can study this qualification, click on the link below for the specification page and find where can I study this qualification? under the Learning tab.  

BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

In addition to this, you also need to pass the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment test within two years of applying for a new card.

For more information visit the CSCS website.

Useful documents

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Specification - BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment
Specification - BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment
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Specification - BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment (2018)
Specification - BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment (2018)
pdf | 4.5 MB
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Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment
Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment
pdf | 1.3 MB

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