Construction is delivered within both KS4 and KS5 and is taught in our purpose-built Construction Skills Training Centre. We currently offer a Level 1 Certificate in basic construction skills through City and Guilds (in KS4) and a level 2 general construction certificate through AIM Awards (in KS5). Both qualifications consists of practical modules in Bricklaying, Plumbing, Painting & Decorating, carpentry and plastering. All aspects of the qualifications are taught by tutors who are qualified and experienced tradespeople within this industry.
These qualifications provide opportunities for pupils to apply measuring and planning skills whilst also learning a range of relevant practical skills. All pupils will learn to handle tools, equipment and materials safely and appropriately, as well as learning good housekeeping habits involved in preparation and clearing away. Health and Safety is a key consideration, particularly with regard to the working environment, using tools and carrying out processes. Within these qualifications pupils could experience and practise the following practical skills :
- Mixing mortar
- Cutting bricks
- Laying bricks / basic trowel skills
- Building various small walls in stretcher bond
- Building a wall in English bond
- Using compression joints on copper pipe
- Soldering capillary joints onto copper pipe
- Connecting plastic waste pipe
- Plumbing in a bathroom basin
- Testing for leaks
- Painting walls with emulsion
- Preparing and painting panelled doors
- Painting skirting board, dado rails and door trim
- Hanging lining paper
- Hanging decorative wallpaper
Combe Pafford employs a robust system of assessment and internal verification which ensures that all candidates receive the best chance to succeed in their chosen option choice. All assessment is by means of a portfolio of work which may include a range of assessment evidence including: Direct observation, written evidence, verbal responses, question and answer and photographs, meaning that the collection of assessment evidence can be tailored to an individual pupil’s needs.
We have a working partnership with Cavannah Homes, and part of the course involves pupils visiting local construction sites to see first-hand how the various trades work together to produce finished houses.
These courses are suitable for any pupil with a practical inclination who may wish to consider a great career in construction. Progression could be available from Level 1 in KS4 to Level 2 in 6th form (depending on ability) through to an apprenticeship with an employer.