Whangaparaoa College Whangaparaoa College

Level 1 Building and Construction - Half Course

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 27960510

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Materials Technology is an advantage

A heavily practical course giving Learners a strong beginning knowledge of; safe working, tools, machine operation and construction materials. The majority of lessons will be workshop based, undertaking between three to four major projects. Theory work is based on the BCITO (Building, Construction Industry Training Organisation) learning program for learners to gain theoretical and practical skills in Building and allied fields. Learners undertake theory work based on two Unit standards and learn to work safely, and use materials to their strengths. Skills are also learned in communication, literacy, maths, quality standards, workshop procedures, freehand sketching, job specifications, health and safety.

Topics Covered:

- Demonstrate knowledge of and apply safe working practices in a BCATS work environment.

- Demonstrate knowledge of construction and manufacturing materials used in BCATS projects.

Learning Areas:

Half Courses, Technology

Assessment Information

Please note that the standard credit totals displayed below as well as the standard descriptions are subject to change before the start of 2024 due to the upcoming NCEA Level 1 changes.


Level 2 Building and Construction

Career Pathways

Wall and Floor Tiler, Building Insulator, Brick and Blocklayer, Fabrication Engineer, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Building and Construction Manager, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Mine/Quarry Manager, Concrete Worker, Stonemason, Crane Operator, Plasterer, Welder, Fencer, Glass Processor, Project Manager, Recycler/Dismantler, Roading Construction Worker

Course Costs and Equipment

$ 120 to cover the cost of construction materials. Learners will need to purchase a set of Builders pencils, pens and pencil case


Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer,  limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.