Something to build on

15th June 2007 at 01:00
This is the first year of the Building Construction Higher - now that it has been hived off from the architectural technology side of the subject.

The exam covers everything from sub-structures and site establishment to building components like stairs and finishes, such as roofing.

Neil Griffiths, a curriculum and quality leader in Forth Valley College's construction department, feels the paper is now more appropriate. "Our experience is that schools were very fond of the 'architecture' in the title, but the old exam was not reflective of the design element," he said.

The first section of the paper was "very fair", he said, and explored the full range of the technology that the students had covered, with no tricky wording. The second section, in which students have to choose two out of three questions, gives them more of a chance to show their knowledge and includes progressively more difficult questions. "There were none I disliked," said Mr Griffiths.

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