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Progression to Carpentry and Joinery at West Suffolk College

Course description

A programme suitable for learners who wish to seek a career in the Carpentry and Joinery industries. This one year course covers all the basic hand skills needed to get a start in this profession. Learners will be taught by professional tutors who are regularly updated in construction techniques. The course is a mixture of practical and theoretical teaching using the latest techniques and equipment.


Course content

Units covered in this course are as follows and will be assessed by a combination of practical tests, online tests, paper based tests and assignments:

  • Principles of Building Construction Information and Communication
  • Maintain and use Carpentry and Joinery Hand Tools
  • Prepare and use Carpentry and Joinery Portable Power Tools
  • Produce Woodworking Joints
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.


Entry requirements

Two GCSE's Grade E (2) or above. It is expected in the first instance that the applicant will have a genuine interest in the construction industry and each applicant will be required to attend an interview to ascertain his/her suitability for the course as well as take a short aptitude test.


Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead onto the Level 2 full-time course or onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship (this is subject to securing a placement in the construction industry).

Of the students who completed this course last year 86% continued with their current programme of study and the remaining 11% entered employment


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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