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Carpentry and Joinery - CSkills Award Levels 1 and 2 at West Thames College

Course description

Our Construction Industry training courses are based at the Skills Centre in FeItham. Our Construction courses have specialist workshops for trade skills: plumbing, painting and decorating, electrical installation, carpentry and brickwork.

Courses are taught by highly skilled teachers direct from the building trades with a wealth of experience.

Students have the opportunity to work on live briefs and building projects as well as visiting trade shows and exhibitions.

This course is held at the Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham and covers all aspects of carpentry and joinery alongside technical underpinning knowledge. The course includes trips and visits and provides a good basis for further study or to start work.

Course content

You will study:

  • Safe working practices
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Basic woodworking joints
  • Maintaining and using hand tools
  • Preparing and using portable hand tools
  • A synoptic practical assignment.

There are timetabled sessions designed to enhance your skills in English and maths and you will receive separate certificates on successful completion of the programme. You may also choose to study for a GCSE or resit a previous GCSE subject to improve your grade. These qualifications will enhance your employment opportunities.

There may be an opportunity to visit other sites and the Building Exhibition. Appropriate work experience will be arranged to complement the knowledge and skills you learn at college.


Entry requirements

None, but you will have an assessment and interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


The course is continually assessed through a combination of practical projects, written assignments and written tests. You will also have to complete a phase test and two multi-choice papers and provide work-based evidence.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

You will be required to purchase personal protective equipment (such as gloves and safety spectacles) and general stationery items for your course.

Future opportunities

Progress to Level 2 or Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery, or find employment or an apprenticeship.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.