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The course will develop your basic skills in construction techniques across a range of disciplines in preparation for employment, apprenticeships or further study.

  • What will I study?

    The qualifications covers a range of hand-skills and practical tasks in the following trade areas:

    Core Units:

    • Carpentry and Joinery
    • Painting and Decorating
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical

    *All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you are interested in an introduction to the construction industry and cover essential skills in the following construction trades: carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, construction operations, electrical and plumbing and wish to gain a Level 1 qualification.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Practical assignments.

  • 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:

    • Health and safety hazards, current regulations
    • The principles of high-quality customer service
    • How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Interpret drawings and specifications
    • Select, use, maintain and store tools and equipment safely
    • Develop a range of construction techniques.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional
    • Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards
    • Keep up to date with best practice and new technology.
  • General info

    Students are expected to come to College everyday 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 construction based course.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Four GCSEs at Grade 2 or above

  • 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.