Level 3 Unit Standards

Welcome to Level 3 BCATS!!

Until 2017, the only building and construction-related unit standards and qualifications designed for secondary schools have been at Levels 1 and 2, with some Level 3 unit standards (intended for those undertaking apprenticeships) available for those doing Gateway.

There are now eight Level 3 BCATS unit standards listed on the NZQF. The Level 3 BCATS unit standards are:

  • Flexible enough so that teachers/students can select their own projects.
  • Able to be achieved by undertaking projects in any of BCITO’s trades.
  • Able to be achieved in school workshops, training establishments, outdoor areas, and/or in the workplace during industry placements (‘work experience’).
  • Explicit that attaining commercial competence is not a requirement.
  • Suitable for students participating in Build-Ability competitions or in 3+2, Gateway, or Youth Guarantee programmes.
  • Responsive to the reality that some students will likely be enrolled for a full school year, whereas others may be able to engage in BCATS for only part of it.

The unit standards can be found through searching on the NZQA website. They are:

  • US 29684 - Undertake a Stage 3 BCATS project (12 credits)
  • US 29677 - Follow safe workplace practices, and contribute to a health and safety culture, in a BCATS environment (2 credits)
  • US 29678 - Demonstrate knowledge of, select, and use materials for a Stage 3 BCATS project (4 credits)
  • US 29679 - Develop and use BCATS project documentation for a Stage 3 BCATS project (8 credits)
  • US 29680 - Communicate and work collaboratively in a Stage 3 BCATS project (5 credits)
  • US 29681 - Measure and calculate for a Stage 3 BCATS project (3 credits)
  • US 29682 - Select, use, and maintain tools, equipment and machinery for a Stage 3 BCATS project (4 credits)
  • US 29683 - Incorporate other building, construction and allied trades into a Stage 3 BCATS project schedule (2 credits)

Level 3 Resources

One of the exciting things about Level 3 BCATS is its flexibility; students can receive recognition for projects in any of the numerous BCATS industries and trades.  The resources  BCITO is producing are thus necessarily non-prescriptive and provide guidance rather than ‘model answers’.  
 
We are developing a more user-friendly website.  In the meantime, Level 3 resources are stored in with the Level 1 Resources. For your convenience, links to the assessment guidance, assessment record sheets, student handbooks, and Student Work Diary are below:
Assessment Guidelines for Level 3 BCATS Unit Standards 
Level 3 BCATS Interaction Poster
Stage 3 BCATS Project; Guide for Level 3 BCATS Unit Standards
BCITO Gateway Packages; Guide for Schools 
 
Student Work Diary
There are two documents that comprise the Level 3 BCATS Student Work Diary.  Both can be completed electronically or printed out and completed by hand. 
 
Additional Teacher and Student Resources
The links below will take you to where you can access Assessment Record Sheets.  
29684 - Undertake a Stage 3 BCATS project
29683 - Incorporate other building, construction and allied trades into a Stage 3 BCATS project 
 
The links below will take you to where you can access Assessment Record Sheets and Student Resources.
29681 - Measure and calculate for a Stage 3 BCATS project
29682 - Select, use, and maintain tools, equipment and machinery for a Stage 3 BCATS project
29861 - Communicate and work collaboratively in a Stage 3 BCATS project
29679 - Develop and use BCATS project documentation for a Stage 3 BCATS project
29678 - Demonstrate knowledge of, select, and use materials for a Stage 3 BCATS project
29677 - Follow safe workplace practices, and contribute to a health and safety culture, in a BCATS environment.