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Carpentry and Joinery Diploma Level 1 at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will learn about: hand tools and their maintenance, basic joints and how to cut them, how to use portable power tools, how to work safely, and the building team and how it works together. You will also learn how to communicate and work effectively with others. The course includes basic building methods and construction technology and you’ll learn how to quantify materials required for the work you will be expected to do. How to safely move and store materials is also covered.


Course content

This course is taught with a combination of practical workshop tasks and classroom-based theory lessons. You will also undertake English, maths and Resource Based Learning lessons, focusing on e-learning and use of the College’s Virtual learning platform.

You need to commit to the full 36 weeks of study, have a positive and enthusiastic approach to learning a trade skill and have 100% attendance. Much of the learning on the course will take place at College, with some assignments undertaken through accessing the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Entry requirements

College assessment and interview.



You will be assessed by a combination of observation and completion of practical tasks, theory based assignments and an end-of-year examination taken online.




Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry / Bench Joinery.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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