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The course introduces you to carpentry and joinery skills. It allows you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in carpentry or joinery.

The course covers the following skills:

  • Producing basic woodworking joints used in construction
  • Safely using various hand and power tools
  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Principles of building construction, information and communication
    • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
    • Prepare and use six carpentry and joinery portable power tools
    • Produce woodworking joints
    • Health, safety and welfare in construction

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    The course is ideal for you if you wish to learn some skills in carpentry and joinery, to progress on to becoming skilled in their chosen trade, or to progress through an apprenticeship and work towards becoming a master craftsman and gain a Level 1 qualification.

  • How is the course assessed?
    • Practical assessments
    • Multiple choice tests
  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The principles of environment, health, safety and welfare and how they must be applied

    • Know how to interpret and produce relevant information from drawings, specifications and work instructions including the basic principles of Computer Aided Design (CAD)

    • How to carry out first fixing work.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Identify and apply safe working practices in accordance with current legislation, health, safety and welfare regulations

    • Carry out first fixing work including installation of timber frames and linings, coverings, flat roof decking, straight flights of stairs and erecting timber stud partitions

    • Carry out second fixing work including installation of service encasement, cladding, wall and floor units and fitments.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Effective communication: oral, written, listening, body language, presentation

    • Working effectively: undertake the work in a reliable and productive manner
    • Adaptability: be able to adjust to changes to work instructions.
  • General info

    Students are expected to come to College every day with a scientific calculator, ruler, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, paper and a folder for the classroom. For the workshop there is a mandatory requirement that candidates bring and wear protective overalls and protective footwear at all times during workshop activities.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    On successful achievement of this qualification you can progress onto the Level 2 carpentry and joinery.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English and Mathematics

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.