Designing, Engineering and Constructing a Sustainable Built Environment QAN 60111999

Purpose Statement

Who is this qualification for?

The purpose of the qualification is to teach about some of the up to date issues related to the built environment and provide an interesting context for strengthening numeracy, literacy, IT skills understanding and knowledge as well as applying scientific methods to real problems in civil engineering and building design. It looks at specific issues related to buildings so that the learner will better appreciate the human environment including the impact of people on their natural surroundings.

Who might be interested in taking this course?

Anyone that likes working with real and technical contexts as opposed to mainly academic study. Anyone interested in a future career in the building industry in any discipline. Anyone that is interested in how buildings are designed, planned and constructed taking account of their environmental impact.

What will the student study as part of this qualification?

There are 4 compulsory units making up the qualification

  • Defining a Sustainable Construction Project
  • Developing a Sustainable Construction Project
  • Delivering a Sustainable Construction Project
  • Evaluating a Sustainable Building Project

The details of the assessment criteria can be read from the qualifications specification on a sub menu.

What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

The knowledge and understanding component covers a wide range of issues related to construction. As a specific example in unit 3, guidance in the specification states "Candidates will create their own fully annotated drawing sheet complete with floor plans, elevations and sections at a useful scale." This illustrates practical and technical skills with many opportunities for developing literacy and numeracy using scientific methods include quantitative measures and control of variables. The knowledge specific to the locality will enable more informed participation in the community as well as better insight in other related academic subjects. The practical and technical skills include the use of industry standard software in realising building design, costing quantities and building efficiency. There will be opportunities to design and make prototypes and models in two and three dimensions eg using addative manufacture (3D printing) and similar techniques.

Which subjects will compliment this course?

This qualification can be complementary to any other academic or technical subject. Meaningful links can be made with all Ebacc subjects. For example a good support for Modern Languages would be a project to work collaboratively on a building design project with a group in a different country using the internet and translation services such as Google translate. Links to geography and history can be made through historic buildings and the building locations. There are links to generic IT skills in specialist software, media and internet technologies.

This course provides a progression route to the level 3 qualification with the same title but it also provides a general education background that would be suitable support for the great majority of level 3 qualifications whether A levels, Applied general or Tech level.


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