Construction Principles

Learners demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles used in the design, construction and refurbishments of buildings and infrastructure.

Introduction to Construction Principles Unit

Roles in the construction and built environment industry require the application of knowledge. Together with an understanding related to the design of structures and infrastructure. Furthermore, selection and use of construction materials and the provision of human comfort in buildings. Therefore, whether you want to become a site manager, designer, engineer or surveyor you will apply the knowledge and skills of the Construction Principles Unit. As such, you will ensure that materials are fit for purpose and that specified quantities are ordered and used in the construction industry.

Furthermore, you will develop the skills needed to solve a variety of practical construction problems. In effect, this is done by applying scientific knowledge and carrying out mathematical and statistical techniques. Additionally you will learn about the science underpinning the manufacture, properties and degradation of construction materials. Moreover, you will apply mathematical principles and techniques to carry out calculations that determine how materials behave under the action of forces or loads when used as structural members. Alongside this, drawing conclusions regarding whether a material is fit for purpose. Lastly, you will understand scientific principles. As such, you will apply them to heat loss, sound reduction and lighting levels to provide human comfort during structure design, build and refurbishment.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of construction terms, standards, concepts, methods and processes
  2. Demonstrate understanding of construction standards, concepts, methods and processes in context, in order to find solutions to real-life construction problems
  3. Analyse and evaluate information in order to recommend and justify the use of technologies and methodologies to solve construction problems in context
  4. Make connections between information, technologies and methodologies to resolve construction problems


This unit is assessed through a written examination set and marked by Pearson.

The examination is 1 hour and 30 minutes. During the supervised assessment period, learners will be assessed on their knowledge of construction materials and their properties, application of  mathematics in construction contexts, and the provision of human comfort in buildings. The number of marks for the paper is 75.

The assessment availability is January and May/June each year.

Awarding Organisation (AO)

Pearson (Edexcel)








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