Building Construction and Allied Trade Skills (BCATS)


Students who participate in the BConstructive programme can go on to consider apprenticeships in a variety of trades such as: carpentry, construction, plumbing, drain laying, roofing, gas fitting, painting and decorating, infrastructure, flooring, joinery and furniture making. The programme also provides a good base for students who would like to enter other related areas of the construction industry such as architecture, quantity surveying and estimating.



BConstructive is a hands-on subject. It is an innovative, practical and multi-disciplinary programme for students, providing them with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any career in the construction industry.

  • The safe and correct use of hand tools to produce a range of projects
  • Reading and interpreting plans and working models for the construction of various projects
  • The construction of garden furniture and basic construction equipment using a range of joining methods
  • Workshop safety
  • Timber, fastenings and adhesives


Year 11 BCATS    (11BCT)

Students complete five topics (standards) that count for 19 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.


  • 24352  Completion of Assessment Record Sheet, using 5 items of PPE  (2 credits)


  • 24355  Completion of the Assessment Record Sheet for materials  (4 credits)


  • 24356  An appropriate and completed project.
  • Project documentation in the form of the Assessment Record sheet verified by the assessor, that shows the learner’s application of the required workshop processes (8 credits)


  • 25919  Completion of worksheet.
  • Completion of the assessor observation sheet. Completion of a BCATS project  (2 credits)

 Timber Joints

  • 25920  Completion of the worksheet.
  • Completion of the assessor observation sheet and completion of a BCATS project  (3 credits)


Year 12 BCATS    (12BCT)

Students complete four topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.


  • 24354  Completion of worksheet.  Completion of Assessor Observation Sheet  (4 credits)

Plan & Monitor

  • 24358  Completion of the project.  Completion of the Project Plan Assessment Record Sheet  (2 credits)  

Hand Tools

  • 12927  Completion of the worksheet.  Completing 3 construction projects and recording how students selected, used and maintained hand tools.  The optional tool list can be used to provide supplementary evidence  (6 credits)

 Outdoor Furniture & Contstruction Equipment

  • 12932  Completion of a cutting list for each project. Completion of an Assessor Observation sheet covering both projects.
  • Completion of two (2) practical projects:
    • One piece of garden furniture AND One piece of basic construction equipment  (8 credits)


Year 13 BCATS    (13BCT)

Students complete two topics (standards) that count for 15 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.


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