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Level: 1

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to enter the carpentry and joinery trade in the construction industry. Covering both practical and theoretical aspects of the trade, this course offers an ideal introduction to the sector and gives you the opportunity to progress to higher levels. The content of this course also forms part of the training covered by our Level 2 apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade 2 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 2 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Please note: lower grades may be enough to study this course at Entry Level 

  • Completion of a successful interview with a member of the Carpentry and Joinery team which will involve questioning your knowledge of what is involved in the two trades (Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery) 

Course Content

The course consists of skills and knowledge elements in both trade specific subjects and general transferable subjects.

Core subjects:

The core subjects can be transferred onto other construction courses, once achieved.

·        Health, safety and welfare in the workplace

·        Principles of construction, building and communication

Trade specific subjects:

·        Basic carpentry and joinery skills

·        Care, maintenance and use of woodworking hand tools

·        Safe set-up and use of woodworking portable power tools


As well as improving your knowledge and practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used throughout the course:

  • A portfolio of ongoing training and assessment in both practical and theory work, which will be graded for quality and content
  • Final skills assessment which will be graded against set criteria
  • Final knowledge assessment in the form of a multiple-choice exam

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to supply your own safety footwear.  A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course. You will also be required to purchase a uniform once you have started the course.

There is an expectation that you will purchase a basic tool kit once you are settled into the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further study

You can progress to Level 2 Diplomas in either Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery as a full-time learner. You could also progress to an apprenticeship. If you pursue further studies, you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.

There is the potential to enter an apprenticeship in the construction industry. There are many opportunities to progress your career in wood occupations such as Site Carpentry and Architectural Joinery.

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Joe Evans

Joe Evans

Joe reaches for sky after receiving First in Quantity Surveying

Former joinery apprentice Joe Evans says the "sky's the limit" after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Quantity Surveying. Twenty-seven-year old Joe, from Belper, now heads a team for Barratt Homes while running four housing projects across the East Midlands. He started with Barratt as a joinery apprentice on day release to Derby College but switched to the National Certificate in Construction while working as a trainee quantity surveyor.
Joe then went on to take the college's Foundation Degree in Quantity Surveying, gaining distinctions for both his construction and foundation course. Moving on to Nottingham Trent University, he was one of just three part-time students – two of whom were also from Derby College – to be awarded First Class Honours Degrees.
Joe said his Derby college lecturers were excellent and praised the depth and variety of the courses which "set me up" for the future. Now a senior quantity surveyor, Joe said:

Currently, I'm running four housing developments, in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Worksop. The sky's the limit really and the foundations came from Derby College.


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