Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery


This is a full time course covering one year. The level 1 Diploma carpentry & Joinery is available at the St Albans Campus. This course is designed for those learners with no previous carpentry knowledge or training. The aim of the course is to put in place all the basic rudimentary skills and knowledge that is required to become a good carpenter. It consists of 2 core units: Know how to carry out safe working practices ans Principles of Construction.. There are 3 trade units: Basic woodworking joints, Maintain and use handtools, Prepare and use portable power tools. All theory is practically assessed and supported with assignments.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will learn about the tools you use as a carpenter (hand/power) and how to use them. The materials, the techniques, health & safety, the construction industry in general & employment rights (employee & employer). To gain the diploma the candidates must be successful in achieving all units and passing ongoing practical assessments. They must also pass the online Health & Safety tes and Principles of Construction. As part of the course you will be required to undertake 30 hours of trade related placement.

Am I right for the course?

Having completed your secondary education or a Multi-Trades Level 1 course, The Level 1 Diploma Carpentry & Joinery is your natural progression. This course will help you to take your first steps in the direction of employment into the construction industry.

No qualifications required.

During the programme you will be formally assessed on work produced, practical/theory, and the assessment process is ongoing for the duration of the programme.

It is necessary foryou to achieve a minimum of 95% attendance in order to pass with awarding body points scheme in place to ensure progress. You are also required to study English and maths at the level appropriate for you.

You will be taught by teachers with a range of experience in both site carpentry and bench joinery. All tutors are qualified carpenters from industry and have a varied range of skills in relation to carpentry & joinery. The tutors are supported by technicians with relevant qualifications and industry experince. Your NVQ qualification will be supported by an assessor who again comes from industry with the relevant qualifications and experience.

What Next?

On completion of the level 1 course you will be guided and advised onto either a Level 2 Site Carpentry, Level 2 Bench Joinery course or Level 2 Maintenance Operations. Alternatively you may wish to undertake an apprenticeship.

Many carpenters and joiners are self-employed. You could also find work with large construction companies, local authorities, shopfitting firms, or in set-building for theatre and television.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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