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Site Carpentry:Level 1 at Suffolk New College

Course description

On this study programme, you will learn basic skills of carpentry in our modern workshops, with the opportunity to progress as you develop. Learn about the trade and find out what you need to get a job by attending different exhibitions and going to talks by employers.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or Maths or both will need to study an English or/and Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.

Course content

This foundation programme of study has been designed to give you a general introduction to the basic skills needed to progress into a career within the construction industry as a Carpenter. You will study both the theory and practical aspects of the subject through completion of specialist units. You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety, and other skills associated with working in the industry. Practical activities are completed in fully resourced workshops led by highly competent and qualified staff. You must pass all practical and theory elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification.

Entry requirements

A profile of GCSEs at grade F or grade 1, (or their equivalent).

Financial information

Tuition Costs

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

Trips and visits, safety boots, polo shirt and work trousers, carpenters pencil, tape measure and textbook Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 (ISBN 9781408521250)

Future opportunities

92% of students who completed this programme have progressed onto the next level of study or have gone into employment.

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at 

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382 738 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: ECJ91F0
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