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Programme Description

The foundation in construction and building services engineering programme provides a broad introduction to construction and the built environment. It has been developed for individuals working in or intending to work in these sectors.

This qualification, aimed at learners in the further education sector, will enable learners to go on to study a range of other level two or three construction and building services engineering courses relevant to their trade interest area.

The programme allows students to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the construction industry. 

Option Choices 

  • Foundation Qualification in Working with Brick, Block and Stone and Construction/Civil Engineering Operations.
  • Foundation Qualification in Wood and Roofing Occupations.
  • Foundation Qualification in Plastering, interior systems and Wall and Floor Tiling.
  • Foundation Qualification in Decorative finishing, Industrial Occupations and Wall and Floor Tiling. 
  • Foundation Qualification in Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation and Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment. 

At a Glance

  Full Time

  18 Months

  Ammanford Campus

Programme Features

This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of students enabling them to progress into the industry in their chosen craft. The programme has been specifically developed for delivery in a modern training environment. The course is delivered by highly qualified and experienced staff using modern facilities.As part of the programme learners will also complete essential or basic skills. Opportunities will also be provided to take GCSEs in Welsh, English and mathematics and for Welsh language development

Programme Content

All learners will complete six mandatory core units which holistically cover:

  • An introduction to the construction and built environment sectors
  • Employment and employability skills
  • Health and safety

In addition to these units, learners will complete two trade units to spend additional time learning, which will include planning, performing and evaluating common tasks. The qualification equips learners with a broad, cross-cutting understanding of the sector, enabling them to make informed decisions about their own development.  Also see section on available options.  

The Foundation in Construction and Building Services Engineering (Level 2) qualification enables learners to begin to develop their:

  • Understanding of the buildings and structures that constitute the built environment and how they change, and have changed, over time.
  • Understanding of the trades, roles and careers in the construction and built environment sector.
  • Understanding of the life cycle of buildings and structures in the built environment and the associated principles and processes at each stage.
  • Understanding of social, economic and environmental sustainability as appropriate to construction and the built environment.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies in the construction and built environment sector.
  • Employability skills and their understanding of how these are relevant to, and important in, the workplace in the construction and built environment sector.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the principles of working in ways which protect health, safety, well-being and the environment.
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding required in planning, performing and evaluating common practical tasks in at least two trades within the construction and built environment sector.

Progression & Employment

On completion, the qualification will provide a broad foundational knowledge across the construction and built environment industry as well as introductory knowledge and skills in two trade areas. The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress on to further study, such as:

  • Progression in Construction (Level 2) – City & Guilds
  • Progression in Building Services Engineering (Level 2) – EAL
  • Apprenticeship in Construction (Level 3) (trade area) – City & Guilds
  • Apprenticeship Building Services Engineering (Level 3) (trade area) – EAL

Method of Assessment

To achieve this qualification, learners must complete:

  • One externally set, externally marked on-screen multiple-choice test
  • One externally set, internally marked practical project covering two trade areas
  • One externally set, internally marked guided discussion

Entry Requirements

Construction Trades

  • GCSE grades A* to D in mathematics and English or Welsh language  or
  • WJEC Level 1 / 2  in constructing the built environment or
  • A level one construction related qualification 
  • Mature learners are welcomed to apply and subject to interview

 

Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation and Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment

  • GCSE grades A*-D in English or Welsh (1st Language), Maths and one other preferably Science related or
  • WJEC Level 1 / 2  in Constructing the Built Environment or
  • Level 1 Construction related qualification or
  • Mature learners subject to interview

 

Note: All applicants will also need to attend a successful interview. Applicants should also have an interest in the chosen craft and evidence of practical ability would be an advantage.

 

Additional Costs

Students will be required to source and purchase their own personal protective equipment (PPE) which comprises safety boots, safety glasses, hard hat and hi-vis.

Students are also required to purchase their own stationery and there may also be additional costs if the department arranges educational visits.

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.