If you would like to become a Joiner in the world of construction but don't yet have the skills, our Carpentry & Joinery course will show you the way and help you carve a career in construction.

This course provides you with the basic knowledge, understanding and skills to become qualified within carpentry and joinery.


Meet our students Ben Perrin

Ben Perrin

“This was the best study option for me. Having a couple of great tutors working alongside us is definitely one of the biggest positives.”

Meet our students Jack Ward

Jack Ward

“The atmosphere at the open evening was inviting. The teachers have been the best help in aiding us to learn and I have enjoyed seeing how far I’ve come over the year.”

  • Description

    This level 1 Diploma will give you a solid foundation in Carpentry and prepare you to take further qualifications to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding within Carpentry & Joinery industry.

    You will cover knowledge in three core subject areas:

    • Health, safety and welfare
    • Information, quantities and communication
    • Construction technology

    You will also learn key practical skills and knowledge in:

    • Producing woodworking joints
    • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
    • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools

    All tools and equipment will be available during the course to allow students to complete successfully.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum 2 GCSEs at grade 2/E or above, including maths and English are recommended for this programme. Individuals without level 2 English and maths may need to take additional English and maths alongside their main qualification.

    You should be comfortable with basic computer functions and applications including accessing the internet and word processing. Parts of your programme may be delivered using Microsoft Teams. Training for this application will be provided.

  • Qualification

    Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery (Construction) Level 1

  • Progression

    On completion students have the opportunity to progress and further enhance their skills & knowledge in Carpentry and Joinery. Experienced Joiners can expect to earn over £30,000 a year. The number of jobs in the industry is set to rise by 2020, reaching 991,000.

  • Assessment

    Throughout this course, you will complete a range of practical, hands-on assessments in the workshop to build up your individual portfolio. You will also take some multiple choice exams covering Health and Safety, Construction Technology, and questions relating to Carpentry & Joinery.

  • Home Study

    At times you will be required to take work home and learn, this will be directed by your teacher.

  • Work Placement

    A short work placement will be organised and undertaken as part of studies in carpentry & joinery.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    You may be required to purchase work wear such safety boots and trousers. Prices can be discussed at interview.

Code Start Fees*
CARPL1 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.