Year 11 Building Studies Curriculum

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Decision to Stop Building Studies

We will no longer be offering the Building Studies specialism. From September 2023, we will be continuing with our and Computing and Health & Social Care subjects only. Students who are already studying the course will continue to do so until they complete their education with us. This page’s content is intended to educate the parents of our current students.

Why should you study Building Studies?

Are you passionate about the Built Environment?

Firstly, the exciting specialism of  Building Studies curriculum is an excellent opportunity to investigate how the construction sector works and how there are so many different career options within the industry. For example, Project Management, Site Management, Architecture, Quantity Surveyor, Surveyor, Planner and Design. This course is 80% theory and 20% practical, therefore if you want to become a bricklayer, plumber, carpenter or electrician this course is not suitable.

What make the UTC different from other schools?

Coupled with the fact that Aylesbury UTC has world-leading founding partners in the Construction including; Taylor Wimpey, Morgan Sindall and BAM. Moreover, these employers help us develop the curriculum and influence what we teach to our students. Consequently, this improves students’ employability and transferable skills. Secondly, all sponsors support the UTC, providing guidance to students plus information about career paths, skills and knowledge. Also offer opportunities for progression, placements and employment.

Find our more about Construction Pathways

There are many different roles in the work of construction, ranging from craft roles, technical roles and professional roles. You can find out more information about some of these different roles on the CITB Website.

Building Studies Curriculum

As well as the compulsory subjects, the students choosing Building Studies also study all of the following WJEC courses. In essence, each WJEC is worth the equivalent of one GCSE.

Kingsbrook site visit

Construction and the Built Environment

Safety and security in construction (external assessment)

Practical construction skills (internal assessment)

Planning construction projects (internal assessment)

Design and planning models

Designing the Built Environment

Planning potential of construction projects (external assessment)

Drawing construction plans (internal assessment)

Building structures and materials (internal assessment)

BS students building on roof terrace

Planning and Maintaining the Built Environment

Adding value to the built Environment (external assessment)

Maintaining the built environment (internal assessment)

Sustainable built environments (internal assessment)

Cloudy IT award

Purposeful Employer Engagements

  • More than 10 Employer Partner Engagements including;

Barclays Life Skills, Cloudy IT App Development, BMW Race for Life

  • Visit to Further Education Facilities; BNU & Oxford Brookes
  • Support for Work Experience
  • Careers Fair Information and Visits for Students and Parents
  • Opportunities for Apprenticeships
  • Purposeful connections with the world of work
  • NCS Summer Programme