Welcome to Stephenson Academy's construction department. We pride ourselves on providing a course that not only teaches our students much needed skills, wanted by the industry but also life skills that encourage confidence in their ability to learn.

Over 2 million people work in the UK’s construction industry*. A BTEC in Construction is an ideal way to acquire sought-after skills. Our BTECs in Construction develop the craft skills and knowledge learners will need to enter the many vocations within the construction industry – or as a stepping-stone into higher education. With a range of specialist units available, learners can tailor their course to reflect their own aspirations. On-going assessment, with no end of year exams, ensures learners remain engaged as they work towards a qualification that’s recognised and respected both by the construction industry and higher education institutions.
*Source: Department  For Business Innovation & Skills


Progression for learners
A BTEC in Construction can help your students achieve their full potential. Learners are rewarded along the way for consistent hard work and demonstration of their knowledge. A BTEC in Construction offers active learning in a vocational context and builds confidence, competence and motivation in your learners.


Freedom to explore individual interests
The BTEC Firsts in Construction are ideal for trying out a range of related activities. Learners may follow a general path using a range of different specialist units or one of the recommended specialist pathways that offer greater depth.


Engaging for everyone
Students, of all abilities, often fail to see the link between what they learn in an academic sense and the world of work. BTECs in Construction change all that. The vocational learning style is completely different from the more traditional routes. Students may research their topics and present results in a wide variety of ways other than written text. They don’t have to work alone – group interaction can often play a part, for example through teamwork and role-play. BTECs can engage and enhance the performance of all learners, who recognise that the skills they are developing are those that employers will value. They are learning in a practical way without the need to commit to an apprenticeship.


The skills to go straight into a job
Learners wishing to go straight from a BTEC First into employment will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to enter any of the following occupations: bricklayer, carpenter and joiner, painter and decorator, electrical, plumbing and construction operative.


Rewarding hard work and effort
Students learn best when they can apply their own knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to a subject. In a subject like construction and in others, it’s often the case that learners are already motivated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It’s right that this natural energy can
be focused and rewarded. A BTEC in Construction allows it to happen. Hard work is rewarded. Assessment is on-going, motivating students to analyse and improve their own performance.


Teaching the key skills
Our BTEC Firsts in Construction are engaging and motivating. Study programmes address the key areas of knowledge, understanding and skills required within the construction industry. Craft, operative and technician roles are all reflected in the course content.