If you’re interested in carpentry and joinery and thinking about a career in this area, this course will help you get started. You will learn in our industry-standard workshops, using professional equipment, and be taught by lecturers with extensive experience in the trade. The course consists of practical skills sessions reinforced by classroom-based theory training, meeting recognised industry standards. It will enable you to progress on to the Level 2 course, giving you the best possible start to your career.
What will I learn?
You’ll learn basic skills in both carpentry and joinery, involving the safe use of hand and portable power tools. You will study a range of topics including:
• Basic principles of construction technology
• Health and safety
• Working platforms
• Formal drawing techniques
• Applied calculations
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be assessed through continuous practical assessment and end-of-unit multiple choice theory tests. At the end of the course you will take an online theory test, together with a practical skills test. You will also study Functional Skills in maths and English as part of your programme.
You may be required to complete theory tasks as homework. A high level of attendance is mandatory and you will be expected to catch up with theory work in your own time following an absence.
Usual entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at grade 1 or 2 or equivalent experience, but entry is determined on an individualised basis and subject to an interview.
Additional Costs and Information
You will be expected to buy approved safety work boots, which must be worn for all workshop activities. You will also need to supply your own basic carpentry tool kit, which we will discuss with you in your first session.
What Could I Do Next?
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