Course Type: Full Time

Level 1 Carpentry & Joinery

  • Course Code CONEAT007A
  • Start Date 9th September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Skills Academy - Construction

This course is designed to develop your skills and knowledge in carpentry and joinery to prepare you for employment.


The course is made up of the following units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Produce woodworking joints
  • Prepare and use carpentry and Joinery portable power tools
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others.


Your progress will be monitored through a series of short on-line tests, regular practical assessments and an  extensive skills test at the end of the course.


On completion, you'll be able to progress to: 

  • Employment
  • Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry
  • Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery
  • Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations
  • An Apprenticeship


Getting the Employment Edge

If you’re looking to work in construction you need to have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site. Gateshead College will help you become job ready by paying for all of our construction students and apprentices to complete the CITB Health, safety & environment (HS&E) test. We’ll also help you apply for a Construction Skills Certification (CSCS) Card, which is a requirement for all workers and trainees no matter your job role. On many construction sites you won’t be able to enter unless you have passed the HS&E and/or have a valid CSCS card.


Once you’ve passed the HS&E test you’ll be able to gain work experience with local companies to practice the skills you learn at college in the real world. Gaining this experience is ideal for moving onto an apprenticeship or full-time employment.


Fast track to an apprenticeship

You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest vacancies. Plus our team will help you with your CV or application and help you prepare for interview.

The place of study

This 3000 square metre facility is home to all our construction trade courses such as plumbing, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery, with dedicated areas for each trade as well as a modern café.

An interview is required, guidance is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the programme by use of practical assessments within our workshops and also via online assessments. You will also need to build a portfolio of evidence that will be submitted to the awarding body at the end of the programme.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced industry tutors. The course will include a mix of classroom, practical and assessment activities to involve the learners and provide a relevant and engaging learning experience.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade D (3) or above, ideally including maths and English or equivalent.

Required experience

We welcome all applicants without any prior experience or knowledge in this area. You will need motivation to achieve and have a passion to gain skills enabling you to progress this as a career in the future.

This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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