Construction Skills

Curriculum Intent 

In the last financial year, the Northwest took over Greater London as the second biggest source of building new homes. The construction industry in the Northwest is booming! There are many different professions within the industry which all require highly skilled and knowledgeable tradespeople. In our purpose built construction area and newly built brickwork area, pupils have a fantastic and unique opportunity to build lifelong practical skills and knowledge in areas such as Health & Safety in Construction, Carpentry and Joinery, Plastering, Brickwork, Painting and Decorating and working with power tools, whilst attaining Entry Level experience into this dynamic industry through completing an NOCN national CSkills qualification.


Curriculum Map 

HT1  HT3  HT5 
Introduction to Health and safety in Construction (Theory)

Units: Hazards and Risks, Communicating Health & Safety, Personal and Collective Measures, Responsibilities, Hygiene

Introduction to basic hand tools

Introduction to basic wood joints – Rabbet, Mitre, Cross-halving, Half lap, Butt and Dowel joint

Carpentry projects – Plate Stand (Initial practical assessment) Storage box

ASDAN Module 1 – General Construction Operations (Theory)



Handling and Storing Components (Theory)

Introduction to basic concreting

Introduction to basic brickwork – small wall including one return

Wall tiling (continuation on from basic tiling)

Introduction to basic wall papering – lining paper

Carpentry project – Shelf wall unit,

ASDAN Module 3 – Carpentry and Joinery (Theory)


Mixing materials (Theory)

Brickwork and blockwork continued

Erecting structural timber (External roof framework)

Carpentry project 3 – Drawer unit, Chair

ASDAN Module 5 – Health and Safety in the Construction Sector (Theory)



HT2  HT4  HT6 
Basic wood joints continued: Bridle, Dovetail and Mortice & Tenon joints

Fixing plasterboard


Basic joinery – cutting and fixing profiles- skirting and architraves

Carpentry project – Tiled Coffee table, Stool, Gauge Rod

Introduction to basic tiling

ASDAN Module 2 – Bricklaying (Theory)




Cut, lay and fix materials

Introduction to basic blockwork

Advanced joinery – fitting different types of ironmongery

Making and fixing a curtain rail

Marking out and fitting basic PVC waste pipework

ASDAN Module 4 – Painting and Decorative Finishing (Theory)




Fixing components (Theory)

Fixing components to different surfaces

Applying decorative finishes to different surfaces

Advanced Painting and wallpapering – cutting in, matching patterns

Using different fixings

ASDAN Module 6 – Careers in the Construction Sector (Theory)



Curriculum Justification 

With the construction industry thriving again, there are more than 2.2 million people employed with just over 194,000 construction companies employing more than one person. The Introduction to Carpentry and Joinery (NOCN CSkills) offered at Entry Level 3 (8 Credits), progressing on to a Level 1 Award (11 Credits) and Level 1 Certificate (14 Credits) offer pupils a starting point from which to progress onto college to complete a Level 2 or 3 in advanced site carpentry and joinery. Additionally, the ASDAN construction vocational taster certificate provides the first step in pursuing a Level 1 college course in construction multi-skills. With strong career links with both Lancaster and Morecambe and Kendal College, opportunities to progress are widely available.  Working in the construction industry offers a fantastic career with a competitive salary, and with construction projects happening all over the world, there are many opportunities to travel.


Curriculum Development 

With the recently completed brickwork area, pupils will now be able to practice aspects of structural framework and blockwork. There will be opportunities to develop skills in areas such as timber roofing and also brick and block wall designs. Pupils will also take part in school maintenance, completing tasks such as groundwork and repair tasks. This will give them an opportunity to apply their practical skills in realistic construction situations and to ‘learn on the job’.


Careers relevant to this subject 

Career Area  How this subject helps  Pathway 






Carpenter & joiner




Painter and Decorator



Site manager
Self- employed builder



Construction firm manager



To gain a base level entry into the construction industry to pursue a trade or profession, you will need to demonstrate a competent level of skill, knowledge and understanding in your chosen field.  




Introduction to Carpentry and Joinery

Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery

Introduction to Tiling

Level 1 Tiling

Introduction to Plastering

Level 1 Plastering

Introduction to Painting and Decorating

Level 1 Painting and Decorating


College diploma leading on to higher level qualifications
Trade qualification, time served apprenticeship, combined with work experience including site work
Trade qualification, time served apprenticeship, combined with work experience
College diploma leading on to higher level qualifications, Degree in Architecture
Trade or relevant construction qualification, combined with work experience


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