Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
We looked at our current Entry Level 3 and Level 1 offer in the Construction sector and saw that there were a lot of units that needed indicative content added or in some cases other amendments to ensure that the Construction qualifications offered by Gateway Qualifications remained up to date and desirable for centres to offer to their learners.
We carried out a full review of all units that are currently in the ‘Skills for Construction’ qualification suite. Several new units have been created and others have been updated to ensure that our qualifications are fit for purpose and support progression. We have added indicative content to existing and new units and, in some cases, have amended credit values and guided learning hours (GLH) in response to feedback from centres. For these reasons, we believe that our new ‘Building and Construction’ qualification suite supports the changes within the Construction sector.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M (Mandatory) worth 3 credits and a further 3 credits from Group M or Group O1 (Optional units - Building and Construction).
Learners may complete a maximum of 3 credits from this group.
Environmental Awareness in Construction
Hand Tool Skills for Timber Work
Measuring and Marking Out in Plumbing
Site Carpentry Skills
Working with Plastic Soil and Waste Pipe
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification provides a basic, introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to construction. However it is anticipated that it will be of specific relevance to:
• unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.
• learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Entry level before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 1.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
Mandatory units include:
• Health and Safety in Construction
• Working in Construction
Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector such as carpentry, plumbing, painting, wallpapering.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award and Certificate.
Learners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in construction before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 1 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in construction such painting and decorating assistant, plasterer’s assistant.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 1 certificate or diploma in Construction, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 1 Certificate and Diploma in Building and Construction and other Level 1 qualifications such as Construction Trade Operations, Practical Construction Skills, Plastering, Rendering, Tiling, Carpentry and Joinery.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.
There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.
The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:
The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).
How to find a learning aim
If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.