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Level: 1

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to enter the carpentry and joinery trade in the construction industry. Covering both practical and theoretical aspects of the trade, this course offers an ideal introduction to the sector and gives you the opportunity to progress to higher levels.

Entry requirements

Offers of a place on this course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude. Following a successful interview and initial assessment results, you will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of carpentry and joinery. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. 

Course Content

Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme. Units will include safe working practices, communication skills and basic woodworking skills and techniques.
 
As well as improving your practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via observation of practical work.  You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed.  Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to supply your own safety footwear.  A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
You can progress to an Intermediate Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery as a full-time learner. If you pursue further studies, you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
 
Careers
There is the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry. There are many opportunities to progress your career in wood occupations such as carpentry and joinery.

 

This course is run at the Hudson Building

Hudson Building

About the Hudson Building»

Jordan Edwards

Jordan Edwards

Gaining broader horizons in construction

Jordan Edwards is among many Derby College learners who have seized the chance to gain international work experience. A maintenance operative apprentice at Derby Homes, he headed to Angers in France to explore traditional eco-construction and landscaping techniques.

Jordan secured his apprenticeship after completing a full-time Bench Joinery course at the College, winning a 2014 Peak Award along the way in recognition of his excellent practical skills.

The opportunity to go on an international work exchange came courtesy of the College’s success in gaining European funding. Jordan and two other Derby Homes apprentices joined learners from Finland, France, Croatia and Greece in workshops exploring themes such as how to build a sustainable house from straw and how to make paints from natural materials.

I really enjoyed the whole international experience and we have learnt so many different building techniques that can reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.
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