VOICE: New Qualifications in Construction and the Built Environment

Following the publication of Building the Future, our review of qualifications and the qualification system in the construction and built environment sector, in February 2018, we have proceeded to develop minimum requirements for the new qualifications we proposed in this review and consulted on in spring 2018.

We have worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from:

  • Employers of all sizes
  • Trade and registration bodies
  • Industry training boards
  • Schools
  • Further education colleges
  • Higher education institutions
  • Work-based learning providers
  • Government-sponsored bodies
  • Welsh Government.

Together we have identified the essential structure and content for the new qualifications and the most suitable assessment arrangements. In total, there will be eight new qualifications.

Three of these will be new general qualifications for delivery in schools and further education colleges:

  • GCSE Built Environment
  • GCE AS level Built Environment
  • GCE A level Built Environment.

Five of the qualifications will be post-16 qualifications for delivery in further education colleges and work-based learning providers:

  • Foundation Qualification in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Progression Qualification in Construction
  • Progression Qualification in Building Services Engineering
  • Apprenticeship Qualification in Construction
  • Apprenticeship Qualification in Building Services Engineering.

To find out more about the potential learner journeys through these post-16 qualifications, please click here.

Each of the post-16 qualifications feature different on-screen assessments. For a summary of how these work, please click here.

The minimum qualification requirements documents set out the purpose of each qualification, its aims and objectives, the essential content and the required assessment arrangements.

Before we finalise our final approval criteria for each of these qualifications, we would like to invite views and feedback on our minimum qualification requirements to help ensure we get these right. This online engagement period will be live between 12pm, May 7 and 5pm, June 21. We invite interested parties to comment on our proposed requirements for each qualification by responding to four questions:

  • Is the purpose of the qualification clear?
  • Is the proposed content fit for purpose?
  • Are the proposed assessment arrangements fit for purpose?
  • What training and resource requirements will centres need to deliver the qualification effectively?

We warmly encourage respondents to offer feedback on each qualification in which they are interested. We look forward to hearing from you.

For each qualification you would like to comment on, please click on its name in the left column to download the relevant document and click the link in the right column to complete the Voice survey.

Qualification Document

Survey

GCSE Built Environment

 

Click here to complete the survey.

GCE AS and A Level Built Environment

 

Click here to complete the survey.

Foundation Qualification in Construction and the Built Environment

 

Click here to complete the survey.

Progression Qualification in Construction

 

Click here to complete the survey.

Progression Qualification in Building Services Engineering

 

Click here to complete the survey.

Apprenticeship Qualification in Construction

 

Click here to complete the survey.

Apprenticeship Qualification in Building Services Engineering

 

Click here to complete the survey.