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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.
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

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Courtney Curzon

Courtney Curzon

Carpenter Courtney is nailing a future in construction

The only young woman in a class of 21 Derby College carpentry and joinery students is working towards a career as a site manager.
Courtney Curzon (17), a former pupil at Breadsall's Da Vinci Community School, initially lined up a fulltime Derby College course in carpentry and joinery.
But before she started, she arranged her own work experience with builder GF Tomlinson at Little Eaton. She so impressed the bosses that they decided to offer her an apprenticeship.
Courtney grabbed the opportunity, and she is now a year into her apprenticeship, while also studying on day release at Derby College for her NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery.
The Belper teenager was inspired to work with her hands by her grandad, who taught welding and woodwork at a Cheshire school.
She said:

I'm the only girl on my course of about 21 people but I think they've got used to me now!

"I'm enjoying it and getting good feedback. In the future, I'm planning to get my qualifications and go on to be a site manager.

"It's great to look at a site you've worked on once it is finished and know that you were a part of it.

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