At the BBA Skills Centre, we pride ourselves in guiding students through vocational qualifications that can set them up for work in the building trade. Our record of accomplishment shows that the vast majority of our students gain qualifications at KS4.
Aims and Ethos of the Skills Centre
Our aim is to provide students with the vocational qualifications they need to progress into an apprenticeship or further study when they leave at the end of Year 11 or Year 13.
Our Skills Centre offers students a realistic experience of working life in construction. We also offer building site trips and work experience placements to support this. Most work is practical and delivered in our well-resourced workshop area. We aim to provide all students with a wide-ranging curriculum that takes them from Year 9 through to Year 13.
Course units are chosen to suit the needs of each student’s particular learning needs, providing them with an opportunity to choose their own pathway in a preferred trade. Students have the opportunity to work in a brand new, purpose-built vocational area, which has been designed specifically with the students’ needs in mind.
The new workshop areas are designed to suit learning across a range of trades. These consist of a brickwork workshop with ample space for students to build structures over time, a fully fitted carpentry workshop where students have the machinery, facilities, resources and space for learning, a painting and decorating workshop with individual booths for the students to work in and a well-resourced plumbing/electrical area. There is also provision for tiling, roofing and paving.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Our Qualifications start at Year 9 where students study the City and Guilds Entry level 3 Certificate in Construction Skills, where they gain a basic knowledge of Health and safety, Carpentry and Brickwork.
This is a very useful course as it introduces the students to a range of skills and information that they may have never otherwise been able to experience; this gives the student the opportunity to make better decisions when picking future options. All units are accredited towards a qualification.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
In KS4, we offer a City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate/Diploma qualification in Construction Skills. This qualification provides much more detailed training in a particular trade that each student may wish to study. It covers an extensive range of trades such as:
- Painting and decorating
- Construction Industry studies
- Health and safety
This course mainly consist of practical assignments. Students are given knowledge of health and safety, tools, materials and procedures within the specific assignment. Work is backed up with photographic evidence and written work to evidence their understanding. Students study their chosen assignments that are internally assessed and verified. These go into a student portfolio that is then externally verified by City and Guilds.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum
In Years 12 and 13, we offer a City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance Operations over two years. Covering a wide-range of common repair tasks in all the main areas of the building trade. Units covered are:
- Health, safety and welfare in construction
- Principles of building construction, information and communication
- Carry out small-scale building repairs
- Carry out small-scale painting and decorating repairs
- Carry out small-scale plastering repairs
- Carry out small-scale plumbing repairs
- Carry out carpentry repairs
We can incorporate work experience or apprenticeships ranging from 1-4 days per week to support their coursework. CSCS card training is also provided including mocks exams and one free entry to the official CSCS card test.
Teaching and learning
The Skills Centre is run by highly qualified and experienced trade-specific staff. They are dedicated to the success of all students, ensuring they are supported with their work as they move through the courses. Highly trained support staff are available to help students with their specific learning needs in the classroom and to ensure that high order learning can be maintained at all times.
Lessons are differentiated so that all students can access the learning through their own specific needs.
All our work is externally verified by London City and Guilds. In our recent external verification portfolio inspection, it was cited:
"A superb presentation and one I would be proud to use as an example to other centres."
D. Cotton, City & Guilds external verifier, 2016