The Academy of Central Bedfordshire

  1. Curriculum
  2. Subject Areas
  3. Construction Curriculum Planning


If you are thinking of a career in the construction industry or interested in learning new skills then these lessons will give you the insight and know how to be creative and choose a suitable  career path. Getting the chance to learn and try many different trades which can be tailored to find the suitable way to progress and achieve in the industry.

The skills you could learn are:-

  • Carpentry
  • Bricklaying 
  • Painting and decorating
  • Plastering
  • Working with plaster moulds and fibrous plastering
  • Plumbing 
  • Glaze tiling 
  • Basic electrical maintenance 
  • Health and safety 


Possible career paths are:-

  • Carpenter
  • Bricklayer
  • Painter and decorator
  • Plasterer
  • Plumber
  • Site management 
  • Teacher 
  • Sales person
  • Retail 
  • Surveyor / Architect 


The construction industry can lead to many different rewarding paths and job satisfaction. An exciting and ever evolving career that has many different areas that can enhance your skills at both working on your own or part of a team. There are various types of places you can work e.g. Building sites, Builders merchants, running your own business from home or office based.


  • Construction will run Level 1 & 2 qualifications which enable you to progress into further learning in the construction sector. 
  • You will learn practical skills that enable you to complete common tasks in carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and painting trades. 
  • You would opt for this subject if you wish to begin developing hand-skills to enable you to progress into further learning in the construction industry.



  • The Construction Kingsland & Stotfold Department at ACB uses City & Guilds qualifications as their Awarding Organisation and currently offer Level 1 Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate & Diploma in Construction and Level 2 Technical Award in Construction. 
  • All learners complete baselines at the start of a new unit. These are situated on the student progress tracker at the bottom and are clearly labeled. 
  • Individual trackers are in learner folders and they mirror the main progress board. 
  • We will register all the learners before their first assessment and this can depend on the start dates and attendance 
  • Learners are assessed on their practical tasks once they feel ready. No timeframe is set and they are encouraged to take time. 
  • Pupils will receive meaningful feedback during lessons and written work will be marked within two weeks


  • All pupils to achieve a  Level 1 qualification that enables them to progress into further education in the construction sector. 
  • Reason clearly and logically, and to set out rational arguments to solve problems in a diverse range of situations related to the Construction profession.
  • This subject will improve your manual dexterity to enable you to progress into further learning in construction and also give you the basic skill set to manage your own property. 


SMSC Subject Statement

In all lessons staff will overtly direct students to discuss or reflect upon an aspect of SMSC which is relevant to the topic being learned. This will explicitly be achieved in Construction by the following.


Spiritual Development in Construction

During the range of activities that students can participate in, students can develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Students should be consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning, and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own and others experiences.

Examples of Spiritual lessons in Construction:

  • Sustainable Building & the environmental effects the construction industry has.


Moral Development in Construction

Construction in general teaches students about etiquette ( looking after the trades that follow you, maintaining a safe and tidy work space). Students should abide by the rules and regulations set by Health & Safety, gaining a good knowledge and understanding and the importance of regulations and safety procedures.

Examples of Moral lessons in Construction:

  • There is no substitute for hard work - ingraining a culture of hard work in the learners 
  • Fair treatment in the construction industry with a focus on women getting into the building trade.
  • Leading by example in construction
  • Looking at rogue traders and the impact this has on customers


Social Development in Construction

Students in Construction can express themselves in a setting that is away from a typical classroom, the workshop promotes teamwork and communications skills.

Examples of Social lessons in Construction

  • Team activities such as Brick work, Painting and Decorating
  • Peer Mentoring in Construction
  • Sharing Knowledge & leading sessions  

Cultural Development in Construction

Managing cultural diversity in construction is crucial for success especially in international projects learners could go on to work on. Understanding and successfully managing cultural differences can provide many advantages for learners in the construction industry 

Examples of Cultural lessons in Construction.

  • Applying traditional building methods 
  • Historical works such as Lathe & Plaster
  • Japanese Carpentry