Carpentry and Joinery
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Construction and the Built Environment Level 1 - Level 1 Diploma Devon and Exeter Construction Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course will provide you with the necessary theory and practical skills to achieve a Construction Industry Training Board recognised qualification. You will carry out a series of practical training exercises until you have a level where the tutor considers you are ready to carry out assessed pieces of work. You will complete Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Work will be carried out in the workshops, with some formal classroom sessions and by working in the resource centre. In the workshops you will build up competence in carrying out practical tests. You will have to complete written and online tests and produce a portfolio of evidence and practical competence tests in order to pass the units.


What topics will I study?

General Units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Produce woodworking joints

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from strong industry links, guest speakers and site visits.

Although work experience is not a requirement of the course students attending this programme would benefit from work experience in order to aid progression and potentially improve employment opportunities.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English language and maths.

Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: If you do not have these grades you may still be able to study this course subject to an interview with a course specialist. You will be required to demonstrate a high degree of enthusiasm and the commitment to succeed.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

  • Practical bench and site workshops
  • Fully equipped wood machine shop
  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory
  • IT suite
  • Student social space

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress onto a Level 2 course or explore the possibility of undertaking a carpentry Apprenticeship where you will attend the college on a day or block release basis.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to be equipped with basic stationery for all your sessions. You will need to have your own overalls and safety boots - advice will be given at interview. If you are  required to purchase a subject specific course book you will be advised either at interview or at the start of the course. There is a non-refundable Workshop Fee of £95 per full time student per year. This will contribute towards the cost of tools for use in the workshop so that you do not need to provide your own. It will also cover the cost of one Hi-Viz jacket, one pair of safety glasses, one pair of gloves and the exam fee for one CSCS test.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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