From ultra-modern offices, state-of-the-art sports arenas and sprawling shopping centres to heritage sites, shops and family homes, construction literally shapes the towns and cities we live in. International gas and oil pipelines and ambitious transportation developments like Japan’s Seikan Tunnel and the Channel Tunnel have taken construction under water. And with the advent of space stations, construction projects are extending beyond our humble planet to the outer limits.

But whether on land, under sea or in space, transforming plan to structure requires the input of hundreds of specialties, making construction a diverse and multi-faceted discipline. It’s no surprise, then, that construction is the UK’s largest industry, employing over 2.2 million people. However, despite the enormity of its workforce it faces skills shortages. Current strategies seek to introduce half a million skilled and qualified entrants to the industry over the next few years, presenting an exciting and lucrative opportunity for learners of all ages.











Rainey Endowed School Construction Department is proudly sponsored by Henry Brothers Ltd.



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Departmental Ethos

This is closely linked to pupil development and so we strive for the following:

  1. Good staff-relations within the department.
  2. Good staff/pupil relations.
  3. Careful attention to the well being of the pupils
  4. The creation of perceived worth in the subject
  5. Success in examination results
  6. To create a high regard for the Department in the local community
  7. Parental interest in their children’s work.




This qualification features up-to-date content that reflects modern-day practices in the construction industry. It encourages students to develop their knowledge of the construction industry and the built environment. They then apply this knowledge in relevant and work-related contexts. They learn to interpret drawings of domestic buildings and explore the materials and sustainable methods used in domestic and commercial construction. The specification also helps students to appreciate the importance of health and safety in the construction industry.

To enhance their practical skills, students complete a craft project based on woodwork, brickwork or blockwork. They also develop their computer aided design (CAD) knowledge, understanding and skills by producing a portfolio of work.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to GCE Technology and Design and/or GCE Environmental Technology. They could also progress to a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or further study in a related area such as engineering, manufacturing or architecture. Their career route may include working as a construction apprentice while they study.

The Specification (2017 Revision) has four units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Unit 2: Sustainable Construction
  • Unit 3: The Construction Craft Project
  • Unit 4: Computer Aided Design in Construction.


Facilities & Resources

The Department comprises of a Systems room, Planning room and two Manufacturing rooms. Contained within these are 23 PCs and 5 Apple Macs along with numerous pieces of manufacturing equipment.



Congratulations to Rebecca Gilbert who achieved 2nd place in Northern Ireland for GCSE Construction and the Built Environment. We look forward to attending an Awards Ceremony hosted by CITB early next year to celebrate the success of the top candidates.

GCSE Construction and the Built Environment has been developed by CCEA to help students develop knowledge and understanding of the construction industry and have opportunities to apply their developing knowledge and skills in relevant, enjoyable and work-related contexts.

During last year’s Awards ceremony it was highlighted that: Construction literally shapes the towns and cities we live in, it has built the world around us and developed landmarks that will outlive those who constructed them. Construction is a rewarding industry with a variety of opportunities on offer from project management to onsite roles with prospects for career enhancement and good earning potential.