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Carpentry and Joinery (Level 1)

Key course information

Construction and Trades


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to Carpentry and Joinery. You'll learn in our industry-standard workshops with professional equipment from lecturers with years of experience in the trade, giving you the best possible start to your career and allowing you to progress onto our level 2 course upon successful completeion.

What will I learn?

This course includes practical and theory training to recognised industry standards. The Construction Diploma may be used as a vehicle to change your career direction if you are interested in starting in the Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery trades. The Level 1 Construction Diploma programme integrates both Carpentry and Joinery basic skills, involving the safe use of hand and portable power tools. Subjects covered include: Basic principles of construction technology Health and safety Working platforms Formal drawing techniques Applied calculations Units within the Diploma are delivered through a mix of practical skills sessions and reinforced by theory knowledge related classroom-based learning.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 2/E or above, or equivalent, including Maths and English and a good reference and a satisfactory interview.

You will also be required to undertake a skills assessment.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The Construction Diploma is based on continuous assessment of practical skills and end of unit multiple choice theory tests. These assessments are scheduled at regular intervals over the year. There is also a summative (final) online theory test together with a practical skills synoptic test. From time to time you may be given theory tasks to be completed as homework. In addition, following a period of absence, you will be expected to catch up with your theory work in your own time.

Additional Costs and Information

Learners will be expected to wear approved safety work boots in the workshop(s). Students will need to provide a basic carpentry tool kit, which will be discussed in your first session.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Upgrade to a Construction Diploma Level 2 in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery (further 1 year course required) subject to satisfactory completion and achievement of the Construction Diploma Level 1 award. You are also expected to successfully complete Functional Skills in Maths and English. A high level of attendance is mandatory throughout the duration of the programme.Career opportunities could include roles such as:Site CarpenterMaintenance/jobbing CarpenterBench JoinerTrade forepersonJoinery workshop managerSite agent/manageror in the future setting up your own business

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