The College offers a vocational education programme to schools in all London boroughs. The programmes offered are a City and Guilds Level 1 qualification and a BETEC Level 2 qualifiation and are aimed at year 10 and 11 pupils as part of their GCSE study, which is attended on a day release basis for two years.
The College has formed close links with the secondary school staff and management in Camden, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and is actively working with them to promote opportunities around the Olympic and Thames Gateway.
The College has strong working links with Newham Education Business Partnership in supporting awareness days to school pupils on career opportunities and information sessions on the Olympic developments within East London.
City & Guilds 6218 Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills
Is the course for me?
This is a 2 year course aimed at year 10 and 11 Secondary School learners. Learners attend one day per week. The course covers basic construction skills including; carpentry; and plumbing.
The course gives you a taste of each of these trades and successful candidates will leave achieve a City & Guilds qualification which is the equivalent of three GCSE's at grades D to G. This course is an ideal way to gain an understanding of which trade you may wish to pursue and is a perfect stepping stone into Vocational Education.
What does the course involve?
Plumbing: You will learn how to use compression plumbing fittings, how to join copper pipe by soldering, pipe bending and how to connect a plastic waste system to a sink.
Carpentry: You will learn how to use basic hand tools, form basic carpentry joints, skirting and other various practical projects.
Theory: There is also a course theory book that needs to be completed before the course ends, this is based on your knowledge of the practical skills learnt on the course.
BTEC Level 2 extended certificate in construction
This is a one to two year course aimed at year 10 & 11 secondary learners, learners attend one day a week.
The Course covers basic skills including.
Structure of the construction Industry
Exploring Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
Exploring Carpentry and Joinery
Performing Joinery Operations
Performing Plumbing Operations
Exploring Roofing Operations
This course gives a taste of each trade and successful candidates will achieve a BTEC level 2 qualification, equivalent to 2 GCSE A* - C
Good progression opportunities with the chance of joining the college on a wood occupations Diploma course when you have completed the schools programme
How will I learn?
Group and individual study
Written Under Pinning Knowledge
The course consists of practical and written assessments; these consolidate the knowledge gained during both group and individual study.
What will I need for this course?
You will need to have your own stationary, including 2H and 3H pencils, and other writing and drawing equipment.
Although the College will provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) where and when required, you will need to have to have your own suitable protective footwear, i.e. steel toe cap boots/shoes.
What options are open to me if I successfully complete the course?
This is a nationally recognised qualification that will help you seek employment as a trainee/apprentice in your chosen craft.
Diploma courses in Carpentry and Joinery are available at the Building Crafts College. This is a two year, two day per week course.
What experience or qualifications do I need to get onto the course?
Literacy and Numeracy entry level 3 or above are needed to start the course. The most important thing to have is commitment and enthusiasm.
Length and start date of course?
The course lasts for two years.
The course starts in September.
Please see your Head of Year at your secondary school to apply for this course.