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Foundation in Carpentry and Joinery

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to enter the carpentry and joinery trade in the construction industry.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Carpentry
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

This course is suitable if you have a keen interest in wood occupations and would like to start your journey towards a career in site carpentry or architectural joinery.

Foundation in Carpentry and Joinery:

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

Explore Carpentry and Joinery:

  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Lower grades may be considered. However an initial assessment will be required prior to full acceptance on the course. 

Both courses require an 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). 



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

Foundation in Carpentry and Joinery

Core subjects:

The core subjects can be transferred to 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.



You will learn on-site. 

While we make every endeavour to run programmes as advertised, we reserve the right to cancel those which do not enrol sufficient numbers to make them viable.

You will need to supply your own basic stationery, notebook, padlock, safety footwear, work trousers and safety glasses. 

You will also be required to purchase a Derby College Group jumper and polo shirt once you have enrolled on the course. 

As you progress through the course, there is an expectation that you will purchase a basic tool kit once you are settled into your studies.

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

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.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 26, 2024 4:11 pm