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Carpentry and Joinery Level 1 at Wiltshire College

Course description

Bench joinery is a skilled wood trade that is concerned with manufacturing timber components such as doors, windows, stairs and fitted furniture. The materials are prepared by hand or machine to high tolerances. A degree of accuracy is required in assembling and finishing the components. Although mainly workshop based, the work may occasionally involve site visits to fix specialist joinery items.

A site Carpenter will be based on a building site, travelling from one site to another installing floor joists, cutting roofs, fixing skirting boards, hanging doors, erecting timber walls, installing kitchen units etc. In the course of his/her duties, the Carpenter uses a range of portable power tools and is often involved in refurbishment, restoration and maintenance building work.

Course content

You will learn about:


  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Produce woodworking joints


The course consists of a number of individual units, all of which are mandatory and must be completed. You will gain each unit over a period of time, according to your ability and/or previous experience. The course timetable is divided into approximately 40% theory and 60% practical workshop based learning.

You will work through a range of tasks within a ‘live’ workshop environment, together with practical demonstrations. The practical exercises are designed to develop your awareness of the need for safe working practices, basic tool skills and accurate measurement, all of which are necessary to become a competent Carpenter or Joiner.

Classroom based theory lessons will develop the trade knowledge and skills required to become a competent tradesperson. These sessions cover a broad range of topics including building methods and construction technology, maintaining handtools, woodworking joints, timber and sheet materials, portable power tools, simple calculations, drawing and sketching, health and safety etc.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade E or above, or equivalent to include Maths and English.
Pass an entrance test, provide a good reference and a satisfactory interview.


There may be some activities that require a small amount of work to be done at home.

You will be assessed by completing a series of theory and practical activities.
The assessment process will be ongoing throughout the duration of the course. To achieve the Construction Diploma Level 1 Award you will have to successfully pass six online knowledge test and pass a timed practical synoptic test.
The final qualification will be a City & Guilds Construction Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery at Level 1.

Future opportunities

Upgrade to a Construction Diploma Level 2 in Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery (further 1 year course required) subject to satisfactory completion and achievement of the Construction Diploma Level 1 award. You are also expected to successfully complete Functional Skills in Maths and English. A high level of attendance is mandatory throughout the duration of the programme.

Career opportunities could include roles such as:

  • Site Carpenter
  • Maintenance/jobbing Carpenter
  • Bench Joiner
  • Trade foreperson
  • Joinery workshop manager
  • Site agent/manager

or in the future setting up your own business

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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