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Carpentry & Joinery - Level 1

Level 1
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
One year

This 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 use hand tools, power tools and machinery to cut, shape and manufacture basic joinery products using a range of jointing techniques. During the first year, a small amount of carpentry will also be taught as part of the course.

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. The Carpentry and Joinery teaching staff use Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment) and digital technologies during every session. All learners will have access to resources at any time, making it very flexible for learning.


You will study these over a period of one year. As part of this study programme, you will need to find work experience, locally, nationally or on the continent.

Each unit studied will include lectures, tutorials, practical work and supervised study activities.

Your training exercises will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Yet Achieved.

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.

Course content:
- Unit 201: Health and safety.
Online testing for knowledge.

Unit 101: Principles of building.
Online testing for knowledge.

- Unit 113: Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools.
Four practical assessments:
1. Maintain and store carpentry and joinery hand tools.
2. Use carpentry and joinery hand saws.
3. Use carpentry and joinery hand-held planes.
4. Use carpentry and joinery chisels.
Online testing for knowledge.

- Unit 114: Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools.
Three practical assessments:
1. Use carpentry and joinery portable power drills and planers.
2. Use carpentry and joinery portable power saws.
3. Use carpentry and joinery portable power routers and sanders.
Online testing for knowledge.

- Unit 115: Produce woodworking joints.
Two practical assessments:
1. Mark out woodworking joints.
2. Produce basic woodworking joints and form a frame.
Online testing for knowledge.
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.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 3 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 1 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.

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 Carpentry & Joinery Diploma Level 1 study programme, you can progress to an Intermediate Apprenticeship in either Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery if you are able to gain employment in the industry.
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.