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Carpentry and Joinery (Beginner) - Level 1


Welcome to our exciting beginner's course, specifically designed for individuals who are eager to pursue a successful career in carpentry and joinery. This course will equip you with the essential skills, knowledge, and behaviours necessary to excel in further study, apprenticeships, or full-time employment.

The carpentry and joinery industry offers a diverse range of roles, including house builder, specialising in door, door frame, and window repair/restoration. There is also potential for progression into senior positions such as site supervisor or construction manager.

Throughout the course, we will provide comprehensive theoretical and practical sessions to ensure a well-rounded understanding of carpentry and joinery. You'll have the opportunity to participate in extensive enrichment activities, including industry and community-based projects, as well as engaging trips and visits. Our esteemed partnerships with industry employers such as Persimmon Homes, Wilmott Dixon, Mansfield District Council, and Bolsover Council will provide exciting work-related opportunities. These partnerships ensure that you develop the skills and expertise that employers in the carpentry and joinery industry actively seek.

Carpentry is a highly skilled trade and craft that involves the cutting, shaping, and installation of various building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, and more. By becoming a proficient carpenter, you'll be part of creating structures that stand the test of time.

Located within our dedicated Carpentry and Joinery Academy, housed in our state-of-the-art Construction Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, you'll have access to exceptional facilities that rank among the best in the sector. With practical areas and classrooms in close proximity, you'll have the ideal environment to refine the specialist skills and techniques required for your chosen trade, ensuring you're well-prepared for future employment opportunities.

Join us on the forefront of carpentry and joinery education and training, and unlock the door to a rewarding career in the construction industry.

Start dates and fees

  • Uniform and PPE must be purchased in advance.
  • Payment for CSCS card.
Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20241308A1681FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

During the course, you will develop a range of skills

  • Health and safety
  • Communication with others
  • Constructing mortice and tenon joints
  • Fixing architrave and skirting
  • Cutting and shaping wood

You will be expected to study Functional Skills English and maths throughout your programme of study.

You will predominantly study via practical sessions although theory sessions will also be included. You will have the opportunity to participate in extensive enrichment activities, such as industry and community-based projects, as well as trips and visits.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 2, including English and maths
  • Or successful completion of the Introduction to Construction (Foundation) - Entry Level 3 course

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

One year.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical assignments
  • Theory based project work.

What can I progress onto?

Progression opportunities will include our Level 2 Apprenticeship Transition Programme in Bricklaying, Carpentry and Joinery or Plastering, our Level 2 T-Level/BTEC Transition Course or a Level 2 Apprenticeship in your chosen trade.

Career opportunities

There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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