Course Title Diploma Carpentry and Joinery Level 1
Level: 1
Code Y091

Overview of the Course

The Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery Diploma is designed to prepare you for entry into the construction industry as a trainee joiner. You will have the opportunity to develop basic hand skills and learn about the techniques used in all aspects of joinery in an appropriate training environment. You will experience various elements of bench and site based practical and theory work, helping you to prepare for the industry and giving you the opportunity to practice the skills you learn, building your confidence with the tools and materials commonly used in industry. You will also need to be precise, accurate and be able to follow instructions. Approximately 60% of the course is practical based in workshops and 40% is theory.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Carpenter
  • Joiner
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Timber Yard Operative
  • Wood Machinist

What are the entry requirements?

Maths and English A*-D (9-3) plus one other GCSE.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

Achievement of each unit is by internal testing undertaken by the lecturer. Each knowledge unit also has a mandatory series of questions produced by NOCN and managed by the lecturer. The practical assessment is set by the awarding body and controlled by the lecturer. You must pass all practical and theoretical elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification. Practical and theoretical units include: • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and associated industries • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others • Knowledge of construction technology • Produce woodworking joints • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tool • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important; you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply rations and formulae to standard units of weight, length, time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Carpentry and Joinery students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • Carpenter
  • Joiner
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Timber Yard Operative
  • Wood Machinist

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and career events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You are required to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that you must wear in all practical sessions; this will include a hi-visibility vest, a pair of gloves and safety goggles, all available to purchase from college at enrolment. In addition, you will also need to purchase a pair of steel toe capped boots.


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