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Carpentry & Joinery Level 1 Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

This is a full time course covering one year. The level 1 Diploma carpentry & Joinery is available at the Smallford Campus. This course is designed for those learners with no previous carpentry knowledge or training. The aim of the course is to put in place all the basic rudimentary skills and knowledge that is required to become a good carpenter. It consists of 3 core units: know how to carry out safe working practices; Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others; knowledge of building methods and construction technology. There are 3 trade Units: Basic woodworking joints, Maintain and use handtools, Prepare and use portable power tools. All Theory is Practically assessed and supported with Assignments. On completion of the practical work there is a 15 hour synoptic test to be passed.

Course content

You will learn about the tools you use as a carpenter (hand/power) and how to use them. The materials, the techniques, health & safety, the construction industry in general & employment rights(employee & employer).To gain the diploma the candidates must be successful in achieving all units and passing the synoptic practical test.They must also pass the online Gola test, a seperate knowledge test set and assessed by CAA (Constructions award Alliance)the awarding body.

Entry requirements

An interest in becoming a skilled Carpenter in the construction industry. An aptitude for practical/theory skills and a good work ethic. Three GCSEs at grade D/E or above. Satisfactory completion of level 1 multi-trades course showing continual improvement. Initial assessment BKSB showing entry 3 to level 1 literacy and numeracy. At least 85% out 100% attendance is required to achieve course with awarding body point scheme in place to ensure progress.

Having completed your secondary education or a Multi-Trades Level 1 course, The Level 1 Diploma Carpentry & Joinery is your natural progression. This course will help you to take your first steps in the direction of employment into the construction industry.


Your technical certificate will be assessed by unit tests and a gola test at the end of the programme. There will also be a synoptic phase test for the practical component of the technical certificate. During the programme you will be formatively assessed on work produced,practical/theory, and therefore the assessment process is ongoing at all times.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

On full completion of the level 1 course you will be guided and advised onto either a level 2 site carpentry or bench joinery course. skills, ability, level of achievement and general performance/attendance are considered on progression. During this course all learners are expected to be seeking employment in the industry enabling them to be transferred onto the apprenticeship programme there for progressing them onto a level 2 NVQ & an apprenticeship framework.

Further information

It is a necessary for learners to achieve a minimum of 85% percent attendance in order to pass with awarding body points scheme in place to ensure progress. All learners are required to complete Entry Level 3 or Level 1 English Functional skills qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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