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Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

The qualification we offer is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who work or want to work within the construction industry. There are two main trade areas available:

Site Carpentry

Bench Joinery

Both Carpenters and Joiners will need to carry out the following activities:

  • Reading and understand drawings, which they then use to create a project.
  • Planning tasks/projects to the most effective and efficient way
  • Effective communication skills within the team
  • Have the knowledge of different types of wood and their qualities, including grain, density and flexibility to carryout different projects
  • Laying out, measuring, cutting, putting together and joining various timbers and materials.
  • Using a variety of different hand and power tools to the industry and safety standards.

Work activities

  • As a carpenter or joiner, you will carry out most of the following tasks:
  • Cut and shape timber for floorboards, skirting boards and window frames
  • Make and assemble doors, window frames, staircases and fitted furniture
  • Fit wooden structures, like floor and roof joists, roof timbers, staircases, partition walls, and door and window frames (first fixings)
  • Install skirting boards, door surrounds, doors, cupboards and shelving, as well as door handles and locks (second fixings)
  • Make and fit interiors in shops, bars, restaurants, offices and public buildings

Course content

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction.
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Produce woodworking joints


You will only achieve this course if your attendance, punctuality and effort is excellent. The theory assessments will be carried out in a subject based classroom.  You will be expected to complete assignments, drawings and presentations within a set timescale.

The practical assessments will be carried out in a workshop which simulates a real working environment. You will be expected to produce a range of tasks using both hand tools and power tools all within the industry standards.

The course tutor will guide you through the course and provide demonstrations, presentations, lectures and tutorials. You will be working as an individual, however like on a construction site you will be asked to work in teams to carry out some tasks

The course will work out at 60% practical and 40% theory over the year. All the units above have a multiple choice end test exam.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Carpentry & Joinery level 1 programme you will be able to progress onto the next level. The options are Level 2 Site Carpentry, Level 2 Bench Joinery or an Apprenticeship in either is these disciplines.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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