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Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery at East Sussex College

Course description

If you are looking to develop your skills as a carpenter then this course will teach you everything you need to get started.

Course content

During the course you will gain an insight into the varied environments that carpenters can work in. You will be able to learn some of the fundamental techniques that are used in the industry and practice them in our purpose built carpentry workshop. You will learn about the basic hand tools used in the trade, you will practise using power tools to cut and sand wood, and also learn how to make wood joints. English and maths is an important part of this course

During this one-year course you will cover topics such as:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction
  • Maintaining hand tools
  • Preparing and using power tools
  • Produce woodworking joints

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: Level 1 Introduction to Basic Construction Skills qualification and GCSE's E-F in English and maths. Good school report for attendance and attitude to work and completion of SCCH ‘Get to know you and Assessment day'


Assessments will take place throughout the duration of the course. Practical tasks will make up 60% of the assessment, coursework will make up 10% and 30% will be made up of exams. Accuracy and completing tasks within a specified time frame will be important to the successful completion of the course. Constructive feedback from your tutor will also help you to improve and progress towards recognised industrial standards.

Financial information

A range of specified PPE and a basic kit and equipment will be required for this course and will cost approximately £150.

The PPE required will consist of safety boots, overalls and navy/black polo shirt. There are also a number of opportunities throughout the year for various construction related trips which may also incur a cost.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed this course you will be ready to progress onto our Level 2 Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery courses or look for an Apprenticeship in the industry.

With additional training you can start your career as a Carpentry apprentice, a Carpenter, a Bench joiner, a Site manager, or a Property developer.

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: 30 January 2019
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