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Carpentry & Joinery Diploma Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

The Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery qualification will give you the basics on which you can build your career in Wood Occupations. You will spend your time learning how to use hand tools, power tools and some machinery to cut, shape and manufacture basic joinery products using a range of jointing techniques. During the first year, a small amount of carpentry will also be taught as part of the course

Classrooms are fully equipped with smart boards and other teaching and learning devices. 

Workshops are also fully equipped with hand tools, power tools and machinery. 
The use of Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment) is particularly important during teaching and learning. All the learners will have access to it, at anytime, to suit their needs.

Course content

There are five units in the full Diploma qualification. You will study these over a period of one year. As part of this study programme, you will need to find work experience, locally, nationally or on the continent. 
Each unit studied will include lectures, tutorials, practical work and supervised study activities. 
Your training exercises will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Yet Achieved. 

If you are having problems with getting work in on time - do not panic! Inform your tutor who may be able to make alternative arrangements for you.

Practical Activities: Safety is our main priority while working in the workshops. You will be assessed by your teachers against the set criteria through training and assessments. 

Workshops: When working on practical topics in the workshops, students are required to wear the safety boots AT ALL TIMES.

Course content:
Unit 201: Health and safety.
Online testing for knowledge.

Unit 101: Principles of building.
Online testing for knowledge.

Unit 113: Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools.
Four practical assessments:
1. Maintain and store carpentry and joinery hand tools.
2. Use carpentry and joinery hand saws.
3. Use carpentry and joinery hand-held planes.
4. Use carpentry and joinery chisels.
Online testing for knowledge.

Unit 114: Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools.
Three practical assessments:
1. Use carpentry and joinery portable power drills and planers.
2. Use carpentry and joinery portable power saws.
3. Use carpentry and joinery portable power routers and sanders.
Online testing for knowledge.

Unit 115: Produce woodworking joints.
Two practical assessments:
1. Mark out woodworking joints.
2. Produce basic woodworking joints and form a frame.
Online testing for knowledge.

Entry requirements

At the end of the one-year programme all learners are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that they have been working towards improving their English and Maths by achieving an improvement to their previous grade.

You will be expected to study Maths and English if you have yet to achieve a GCSE at grade C in these subjects or study towards the Functional Skills qualification in English and Maths Level 1 or 2.


There are specific outcomes for each unit which must be achieved. You will complete assessments to meet these criteria. The assessment briefings will give you the information you need in order to achieve. 

Your knowledge will be assessed using our Virtual Learning Environment. 
Practical assessments will allow you to demonstrate that your skills meet the strict criteria in practical activities. 

You will be issued the assessment briefs at appropriate stages in each unit. These assessments will contribute to your final grade for the appropriate units.

Financial information

Q. Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A. Safety boots need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbook, a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

Q. Are there any costs for this course?
A. Students are asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms. There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost. Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the guidance centre on 01884 235330

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of the Carpentry & Joinery Diploma Level 1 study programme, you can progress to an Intermediate Apprenticeship in either Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery if you are able to gain employment in the industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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