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The City& Guilds level 1 diploma is the industry recognised starting point for trades peole wanting to work in the construction industry.  Well trained and skilled carpenters can enjoy excellent employment and are well paid, typically £200 per day.

The diploma is designed to introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed to build a career in the industry as a carpenter and joiner.  You will study both practical and knowledge units as well as online independent study.  On completion of your diploma you will be able to go into the workplace, become an apprentice or progress to the next level of training.  The course runs over two days plus any maths and English you may need.

What can I do next?

After completing this course there are several options available.  Depending on your final grade and attitude you could move onto a carpentry or joinery apprenticeship or progress onto the level 2 diploma full time.  Successful students may also move straight into employment or continue training towards supervisory and management positions and qualification in the construction industry.

What will I be doing?

You will be developing industry standard measuring, cutting and manufacturing skills in our amazing, well equipped carpentry and joinery workshops.  The City & Guilds level 1 study programme will provide you with the basic practical and knowledge skills including:

  • marking out and manfacturing joints and joinery using hand skills
  • sharpening tools
  • using portable power tools
  • health and safety in the construction industry
  • principles of construction

You can also make a project of your own design.

As part of the programme of study you will be required to complete 30 hours construction related work experience and 30 hours of independent study at home (online), as well as attending tutorial sessions.

Added Extras

As a full time student, you will have the chance to take part in additional activities, including sports, alongside your main programme. Depending on your prior achievement, you can resit GCSE English and/or maths.

How will I be assessed?

The 9 practical assessments will be carried out throughout the course.  Knowledge will be assessed at the end of each unit and there are two exams to pass.  Good attendance and compliance to safety practices throughout the course are also required.

Additionally, you will study English and/or maths if you don't yet have GCSE at grade 4 or above.

Entry requirements

As a full time 16-19 year old student you will need

  • A profile of GCSEs at grade 4 or above maths and English
  • Or successful completion of the Basic-Skills construction 6219 course
  • Literacy and numeracy skills at an appropriate level
  • Satisfactory interview with course tutor
  • An appropriate character reference (for progressing students)

What do I need to bring?

You will need to purchase a protective uniform and toe protective footwear to conform with personal protective equipment in our workshops as well as a recommended reference book and basic stationery.  Any trips organised throughout the year may incur a further cost.

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2021.

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2021, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change


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