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Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 Diploma at Somerset College

Course description

The Level 1 Diploma will teach you and allow you to develop the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to become a carpenter and joiner. A large proportion of the course will be spent in the College’s industry standard workshops, working at a bench under expert guidance from our industry trained and experienced staff.

Course content

The course units you will study are:

  • Principles of building construction
  • Basic woodworking joints
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Entry requirements

Acceptance on the course is via an interview.

A positive attitude and an interest in the course are vital. An initial assessment will be taken upon enrolment.


Your carpentry and joinery knowledge and skills will be assessed in a range of ways by your 
course tutor.

This will include:
• Observation of your practical work
• End of unit practical tests (marked against industry standards)
• Production of a portfolio of your knowledge and practical work
• On-line multiple choice end of unit knowledge tests
• Practical and knowledge workbooks

Future opportunities

You can progress on to a Level 2 and 3 Diploma specialising in either site carpentry or bench joinery. On completion of the Level 1 you could also start to look for employment as an Apprentice.

The College offers construction courses from Levels 1 to 7. This could be the very start of your progression in the construction industry.


This course gives you the basic foundations of carpentry and joinery. Career opportunities could include working as a site carpenter, a kitchen fitter, a bench joiner, a shopfitter and much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Somerset College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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