Building and Construction Skills


​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied Subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is  Building and Construction Skills? 

Building and Construction Skills focuses on the underpinning industry practices and construction processes required to create, maintain and repair the built environment.  

 Students learn to meet customer expectations of quality at a specific price and time. In addition, they understand industry practices; interpret specifications, including information and drawings; safely demonstrate fundamental construction skills and apply skills and procedures with hand/power tools and equipment; communicate using oral, written and graphical modes; organise, calculate and plan construction processes; and evaluate the structures they create using predefined specifications. 

 Students develop transferable skills by engaging in construction tasks that relate to business and industry, and that promote adaptable, competent, self-motivated and safe individuals who can work with colleagues to solve problems and complete practical work. 

What makes a student suited to Building and Construction Skills?

Students who achieve success in Building and Construction Skills are those who:
  • are hardworking and have an ability to work individually and in teams 
  • want to develop understanding of building and construction and its application to industry  
  • are preparing for vocational employment  
  • are supportive of the development of a safe working culture  
  • understand that the basis of practical skills is in theoretical understanding  ​

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

  • Year 9 - Nil 
  • Year 10 - Successful completion of year 10 Building and Construction

What is the cost of this subject?

  • Year 10 - $70
  • Year 11 - $60
  • Year 12 - $100

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?​

  • Year 10, correct school shoes (leather or vinyl) 
  • Year 11 & 12, will be required to wear Steel-Toe safety boots providing substantial footwear protection.   
  • Wear appropriate safety equipment when required (supplied) 
  • BYOD laptop ​

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?


  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Introduction to Building and construction materials
Application of Building and Construction hand and power tools

Summative assessment 1:  

PROJECT - Step Stool 

Summative internal assessment 2:  

PROJECT- Coffee Table 

  Semester 2Introduction to building structures.
Application of building structures in bridge design challenge.

Summative assessment 3: 
PROJECT - Short Step ladder 

Summative assessment 4: 
PROJECT - Bridge design 

Year 11Unit 1The Building and Construction Industry. Introduction and Safety. Communication and teamwork on residential building and construction sites.

Formative internal assessment 1:  
PRACTICAL DEMO - Model House Frame 

Formative internal assessment 2:  
PROJECT - Model House Trusses, Cladding 

Unit 2Building and Construction industry production processes and structure quality

Formative internal assessment 3: 
PRACTICAL DEMO - Concreting 

Formative internal assessment 4: 
PROJECT - Plywood Tool Carry all  

Year 12Unit 3Building and Construction industry production processes and structure quality Project builders - residential homes

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):  
PRACTICAL DEMO - Second sawhorse 

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):  
PROJECT - Four course, five brick long wall 

Unit 4Simulated residential Building and Construction site experience

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):  
PROJECT - Framing 

Summative internal assessment 4 (IA4):  
PRACTICAL DEMO – Sheeting, Plastering & Finishing 

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022