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Carpentry and Joinery - Level 1 - Full-time (Mid Devon)

Level 1
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
One year

The Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery qualification will give you the basics on which you can build your career in Wood Occupations. You will spend your time learning how to safely use hand tools, power tools and machinery to cut, shape and manufacture basic joinery products and working on some carpentry tasks.

You will enjoy a mixture of practical training in our up-to-date workshop, and theory sessions delivered in classrooms equipped with the latest digital technology.


Learners must achieve a minimum of 15 credits; 3 credits from the mandatory unit (health and safety) and 12 credits from the optional units (see below).

Mandatory unit:
- Introduction to health and safety in construction

Optional units
- Constructing halving joints
- Constructing housing joints
- Introduction to the construction industry
- Constructing through mortice and tenon joints
- Constructing angled halving joints
- Constructing bridle joints
- Constructing haunched mortice and tenon joints
- Constructing stub mortice and tenon joints
- Fixing architraves and skirtings
- Constructing and fixing hatch linings
- Fitting locks and latches

Practical Activities: Safety is our main priority while working in the workshops. The course content relates closely to the industry and is kept up to date. You will be assessed by your teachers against the set criteria, through training and assessments.
Workshops: When working on practical topics in the workshops, students are required to follow the correct procedures when using tools, power tools and machines. Wearing safety boots and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is mandatory in our workshops.

In addition to carpentry and joinery, the learners will attend sessions in which various topics relating to employment and required behaviours for the workplace . These could be about self employment, understanding VAT, employability skills, working with quotes and estimates, drawing or simply passing the test to get the health and safety CSCS card.
There are specific outcomes for each unit which must be achieved. You will complete assessments to meet these criteria. The assessment briefings will give you the information you need in order to achieve.
Your knowledge will be assessed using our Virtual Learning Environment.
Practical assessments will allow you to demonstrate that your skills meet the strict criteria in practical activities.
You will be issued the assessment briefs at appropriate stages in each unit. These assessments will contribute to your final grade for the appropriate units.
Four GCSE at grade 2/E to include English & Maths

Both English and maths are used everyday in the life of a carpenter or joiner.
You will be expected to study Maths and English if you have yet to achieve a GCSE at grade 5/4 in these subjects, or study towards the Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths Level 1 or 2.
Following successful completion of the Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills (Carpentry and Joinery) study programme, you may be able to progress to an *Intermediate Apprenticeship in either Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery.
* There is an interview process to become an apprentice. You will be asked to do an initial assessment, an aptitude test and a skill scan interview. Minimum GCSE grades in maths and English are required for an apprenticeship.
Classrooms are fully equipped with smart boards and other teaching and learning devices.

Workshops are also fully equipped with hand tools, power tools and up-to-date machinery.

The use of Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment) is particularly important during teaching and learning; all learners will have access to it, at any time, to suit their needs.

The use of mobile devices (smartphone, iPad, tablet) is welcomed as long as they are used for learning. You will find many posters with QR codes allowing you to access resources such as videos, screencasts and more.
A kit list will be provided during interview, which will show a list of stationery, books and other materials required. Safety boots are mandatory.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A: Safety boots need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbook; a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

Q: Are there any costs for this course?
A: Students may be asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms. There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost. If you are a 19+ learner there may be course fees, unless you are eligible for a remission. Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235330.

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