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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 qualification is designed for people who are already working in the construction industry, perhaps either just starting out or with substantial practical trade experience and wishing to gain a formal qualification. This course aims to develop the basic Carpentry and Joinery skills acquired through a concentrated training schedule.

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

Construction and Trades

Career Opportunities

  • Bricklayer
  • Installation Electrician
  • Painter or Decorator

  • Plumber
  • Carpenter
  • Fitter

Two-thirds of construction companies claim they struggled to hire a carpenter due to a shortage of skilled workers

An average salary in June 2019 for a bricklayer was £36,678

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