Building Services and Construction qualifications

Building the Future, our review of qualifications in Construction and the Building Environment in 2018, highlighted the need to reform qualifications in the sector. This sector is vital to the economy of Wales and has continually evolving priorities. It needs people with the skills to work with existing and new technologies and with new and traditional buildings. It’s crucial that the sector is supported by valid, reliable, manageable and engaging qualifications.

Since October 2018, we have been working with sector bodies, employers, specialists, further education and work-based learning providers to identify how new qualifications could best address the needs of learners and employers.  

We are commissioning the development of a new Foundation qualification in Construction and the Built Environment and Progression and Apprenticeship qualifications in Building Services Engineering and Construction.  These qualifications will be available for first teaching from September 2021.

We are also developing approval criteria for a new:

  • GCSE in the Built Environment for teaching from September 2021; and
  • an AS and A level in the Built Environment* for teaching from September 2022.

Awarding bodies will be invited to submit qualifications for approval against these criteria.  

Together, the suite of new qualifications will address many of the issues identified in Building the Future.

Stakeholders have the chance to be involved in the development of these new qualifications through focus and discussion groups, interviews and review panels, together with a programme of change management to help prepare for the future. These opportunities to feed into the qualifications will continue in the months and years to come.