CARPENTRY AND JOINERY

Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

Course Level

Level 1

Duration

1 year FT

Entry

September

Fees

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217,000 new construction workers needed in the UK by 2025*

*CITB, 2021

Have you got a passion for carpentry and working with wood? Want to turn this passion into a full-time career? The UK construction industry is in great need of skilled new workers to support major development and regeneration projects throughout the country. By studying our Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 course, you will gain the foundation of skills and knowledge for future work within this sector.

Carpenters and joiners work on creating and installing a huge variety of features such as roofs, floors, windows and staircases, supporting new constructions, refurbishments and restoration projects alike. Our Level 1 carpentry course will introduce you to everything from using handsaws, planes, chisels and other essential tools to selecting woodworking resources and how to mark and produce woodworking joints. You will also learn key construction topics such as health and safety, modern sustainable construction methods and green technology, alongside developing your English, maths and other transferable skills to prepare you for the workplace.

Your carpentry training will be hands-on, studying in our cutting-edge Sustainable Construction Centre on campus, ensuring you have the practical skills to succeed. Once you have completed our carpentry and joinery course, you will have opportunities to progress onto further study, apprenticeships and careers in the industry.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Build core skills and knowledge in carpentry and joinery, as well as other key skills including maths and English to get you work-ready
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Get hands-on training using innovative facilities in our state-of-the-art Sustainable Construction Centre
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Gain a recognised Level 1 qualification to enable your progression onto further courses and apprenticeships
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

Students on our construction and engineering courses will learn in brand new real-world training environments under development at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Sustainable Construction Centre at the iconic James Cond Building will offer state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed to develop skills that support employers and their supply chains, along with further new facilities at Camden House. These will include:

  • Training rigs
  • Glulam workshops
  • Modular building workshop
  • Bench joinery workshops
  • BIM labs
  • CAD studios
  • Enhanced IT facilities

 

James Cond Building

Formerly a print works, this historic art deco building will become the home of our new Engineering and Sustainable Construction Centre.

Camden House

Due for completion in Summer 2022, our refurbishment of Camden House will create a bespoke STEM education and training facility.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Maintaining and using carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Preparing and using carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Producing woodworking joints
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Tilbury Douglas is delighted to be working in partnership with University College Birmingham on the development of the new sustainable construction courses. As an employer, it is vital that our employees can access robust, fit-for-purpose qualifications that will address the skills shortage and provide our future and existing workforce with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to demonstrate competency in their roles. We are passionate about recruiting and developing our own talent for the future, while ensuring we remain committed to sustainably delivering vital infrastructure to communities across the UK. This collaboration will help us to achieve this.

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Entry requirements

Our construction lecturers are looking for students who are enthusiastic and passionate about construction, together with a keen determination to succeed in the construction and building sector, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below. 

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email feadmissions@ucb.ac.uk or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

3 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) including English Language or Maths, or equivalent.

English and maths

If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to study these subjects alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.

Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
  • If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of externally-assessed exams, projects and practical assessments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Additional qualifications and training

As part of our course, you will have the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit.

Career opportunities

On completion of the Level 1, you could progress onto our Level 2/3 construction courses, or you could pursue a range of employment opportunities within the industry.

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Site carpenter

Average Salary: £40,000

Bench joiner

Average Salary: £36,000

Site manager

Average Salary: £45,000

Modular building fabricator

Average Salary: £32,000

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